Thatcham comes to the rescue for Ben

BEN, the automotive industry charity, is reliant on the generosity of its supporters.

When repair was required on the bodywork of a transport vehicle, Thatcham Research, experts in safety, security and crash repair, came to the rescue.

Three members of staff from Thatcham’s Repair Technology Centre kindly donated their time free of charge and worked tirelessly for a week to repair the vehicle.  Even one of their apprentices joined the team and was able to gain some valuable experience as the team set to work repairing a series of dents, stripping back paint and applying primer, ready for a subsequent vehicle wrap. All in all the team carried out around £4,000 worth of repair on the van.

Thatcham Research is a regular supporter of BEN and for the last three years has ensured that all proceeds from their annual Repair Focus event are donated to the automotive charity.  This year’s Repair Focus will be held on 18 June at Thatcham, where once again body repair professionals and all those with an interest in modern vehicle repair will gather for a full programme of topical seminars and talking points, together with a trade show of the industry’s leading product suppliers.

‘We are always delighted to support our industry charity in whatever way we can, so when we heard that BEN needed help with a vehicle it seemed the perfect opportunity for our repair experts to demonstrate their skills. We now look forward to welcoming BEN to Repair Focus where we hope to raise even more for this extremely worthwhile cause,’ said Iain Wallace, Communications Executive, Thatcham Research.

Kelly Neal, BEN’s events manager, said, ‘I can’t thank the technician team at Thatcham enough.  They have helped repair the Peugeot Boxer van that’s it used to transport our Events stands and equipment, without this we wouldn’t be able to carry out our valuable work and raise awareness of BEN.’