Marshall Motor Group has bolstered fundraising efforts at motoring charity Ben Ben with a donation of £50,000 to help it cope with the ‘unprecedented impact’ of COVID-19.
The donation came in response to an urgent Christmas appeal from the industry charity, which has seen a 147 per cent rise in demand for support in recent months as more people than ever turn towards charity with issues such as mental and physical health to poverty, domestic abuse, homelessness.
Marshall Motor Group Chief Executive Daksh Gupta said, “There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the health and well-being of the automotive workforce.
“More and more people are turning to Ben because they are struggling with mental health issues and other life challenges, including bereavement.
“This £50,000 donation is our appreciation for the fabulous work Ben is doing – and to ensure they are able to support anyone who turns to them for help.”
Gupta added: “It’s been said before, but the auto industry is like a family – we have to take care of each other. Many of Ben’s fundraising events have been canceled and the engagement of Marshall will help industry colleagues and their families who may be struggling.
“With fundraising revenue still impacted by COVID-19, Ben is concerned that he may not be able to help everyone in need and on behalf of our 5,500 colleagues, I am delighted and proud to to be able to make this gift.”
Ben revealed today (13 December) that the AM100 group’s donations lead combined the £96,500 raised at last week’s Ben Ball 2021 to provide a ‘saving’ sum of nearly £500,000.
Marshall’s donation was announced just days after Auto Trader revealed he had donated £55,000 to car charity while backing the Ben Ball as title sponsor.
Ben’s chief executive, Zara Ross, said: “As everyone continues to deal with the aftermath of Covid-19, it has been encouraging to see the positive rebound enjoyed by much of our industry this year.
“However, we know that many of our automotive family – the people our industry relies on – are struggling or in crisis as they continue to face life’s toughest challenges.
“I am proud that together, through the pandemic, we have shown that whenever a member of our automotive family is in trouble, we all step up to support them.
“The Christmas Appeal offers organizations a tangible way to pledge their support and make a difference.”
Marshall’s board last week outlined “MMH’s ownership responsibilities” in a statement recommending acceptance of Constellation Automotive’s £201.6million takeover bid for the AM100 PLC.
“In addition to the financial terms of the offer, MMH’s board of directors is emphasizing the broader responsibilities of MMH ownership,” he said.
“These include its history and culture, its relationships with its manufacturer brand partners which have been fundamental to MMH’s success to date, and the important role MMH plays for other stakeholders including its employees, its customers and suppliers.
In June this year, Marshall offered its 4,000 employees a one-time cash “loyalty” bonus and a backdated salary review after outperforming the market coming out of a 2020 COVID-hit.
In April it was listed in the Great Place to Work UK ranking for the 7th consecutive year.
The AM Awards 2021 Dealer Group of the Year and Best Dealer Group (over 10 locations), which completed the £700 million turnover acquisition Motorline Group in October, have also achieved strong financial performance thanks to the current favorable market winds.
In October it raised its 2021 profit expectation by a further 25% – with underlying pre-tax profits expected to be “at least £50m in 2021 – after outperforming the wider construction sector. car retailing in the third quarter.