Race Across Britain a charity triumph

Automotive charity Ben has raised more than £100,000 though it’s latest fundraising challenge, Race Across Britian, which was based on the television series Race Across the World.

Held from 26-28 February, the challenge saw 27 teams of two complete a 1,300-mile route starting at the LKQ Academy in Tamworth and taking in a number of UK landmarks such as the Angel of the North, Blackpool North Pier and The London Eye.

Teams were only allowed to travel by public transport, excluding planes, by foot or bicycle, and were restricted by a limited budget.

Sharing the prize were two teams from challenge sponsors LKQ Euro Car Parts, The Mavericks of Tony Shearer and Andy Southby, and the Skint Sprint Squad of Chris O’Rourke and Melanie Lowe.

Also taking part were teams from Alliance Automotive Group, Group 1 Automotive, Vendi, ClickMechanic, Automotion Events/Lawgistics, eStar Truck and Van, Hella, Messe Frankfurt UK, Compact Car Centre, Walsall Wood Tyre & Service; Autotech Recruit, Rhino Group, and GSF Car Parts.

Matt Wigginton, director of partnerships, engagement and income said: “Fundraising events like this are particularly crucial during a time when Ben is supporting more people than ever due to the cost-of-living crisis. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken part and donated to the challenge; we’re now calling for donations. Donating to Race Across Britain will make a positive difference to people’s lives and help those who are struggling, or in crisis, so please donate whatever you can.”

Kevan Wooden, group chief executive officer at LKQ UK and Ireland, added, “It’s been remarkable to see so many colleagues from across the industry come together like this. Both customers and competitors alike have had fun, but more importantly, raised crucial funds for the vital work Ben does.”