Charity challenge peaks on Kilimanjaro

A team of 15 automotive industry leaders have raised nearly £200,000 for automotive charity Ben by scaling the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

They reached the 5,985m-high peak following a six-day expedition.

Joining Ben’s own leaders, Matt Wigginton, director of partnerships, engagement and income, Zara Ross, chief executive, and Rachel Clift, health and well-being director, were Andy Hamilton and Anthony McAteer of LKQ Euro Car Parts, Neil Grant and Spencer Grinham from Hella, Adrian Wallington and Clive McGregor from Marshall Motor Group, Rachael Prasher and Jim Holder from Haymarket, Leon Bosch and Joel Combes from Partners and Lawgistics, and Andy Bateman and James Tordoff (representing his uncle John Tordoff)  from JCT600.

Wigginton said: “We’re still buzzing from having reached the summit of the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It was an awe-inspiring, yet incredibly tough and emotional experience which we did to raise life-saving funds so we can continue to support our automotive community when they climb their own mountains in life.

“We can’t thank our industry leaders enough for taking part in this epic challenge. We are also incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated so far. The current fundraising total is impressive, however we still have further to go to reach the peak of £300k, so we’re now welcoming final donations.”