July 19 2012 saw employees from TRW Automotive Aftermarket, the world's leading ‘Corner Module' - braking, steering and suspension system supplier raised an amazing £2000 for the BEN by running, cycling, rowing, X-training and swimming a massive 300 miles.
The ‘Clock up the Miles' event that took place in the gym of the Village Hotel, Shirley was attended by 35 voluntary athletes from TRW's UK Aftermarket and Original Equipment, Car and Accessories Trade (CAT) and Professional Motor Mechanic (PMM). The attendees tallied up an amazing distance of 300 miles - the equivalent of travelling from TRW's UK Headquarters in Shirley, Solihull, to BEN's Head Officer in Ascot, Berkshire, three times over.
Organiser and TRW's UK Marketing Manager, Jon Sellars, commented "TRW has always supported the great work that BEN does for the industry at large. But times are especially tough at the moment and we all have a number of friends and colleagues who have suffered over the past few years. We really wanted to go that extra mile this time, and I'm pleased and proud to say that everyone really pulled out all the stops.
Thank you to everyone who took part for giving up your valuable time, as every mile counted; especially to those volunteers who exceeded their own expectations and completed more miles than they were supposed to! The event would not have been possible without the amazing support of the staff at the Village Hotel who not only donated their time and venue free of charge, but who also championed the cause by advertising and marketing the event and the charity around the site in advance of the event and on the day."
Rob Slater, BEN's Welfare Officer, who supported the event on the day, said: "I was totally bowled over by the effort that TRW's employees put in to raise this spectacular sum for BEN. I was honoured to meet some of the volunteers and would like to thank them all for their contribution. A special thank you goes to Jon for all his hard work in organising the event. I'm sure it was no mean feat to get so many people to give up their time to take part. The money raised will go towards providing care, support and advice to those in our industries who need our help in times of hardship or distress."