A £10,000 special donation has been made to automotive industry charity Ben by the RAC Dealer Network.

The amount has also been match-funded by The Assurant Foundation, the charitable arm of Assurant, which partners with the RAC in the warranty and aftersales sector, bringing the total to £20,000.

Kellie Grocott, RAC director of sales at Assurant, said that the donation had been made in recognition of the continuing needs among those served by the automotive industry charity.

She said: “The last couple of years have seen many people in the automotive industry need higher than usual levels of support, ranging from the financial to the emotional, and we are committed to giving back to the sector in which we work.

“We are very pleased to be able to make this donation on behalf of the 1,400 members of the RAC Dealer Network and The Assurant Foundation again in 2021..

“Ben is an extremely worthwhile charity with which most people in the automotive industry are familiar, and the good work it does is very well known and widely respected.”

Assurant partners with the RAC in the warranty and aftersales sector. The Assurant Foundation is the charitable aim of Assurant and aims to strengthen communities by investing in local non-profit partners.

Matt Wigginton, fundraising director at Ben, added: “The last two years have created a situation where demand for our services has increased at the same time as our income has fallen, so we’re extremely grateful to the RAC Dealer Network and The Assurant Foundation for their generous support. This donation will help Ben to ensure no one in automotive has to face life’s toughest challenges alone. When a member of our automotive family is struggling, we all rally to support them.”

Ben is the charity dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry, providing support for life for them and their family dependents. More information can be found at www.ben.org.uk.