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

The amount has also been match-funded by the 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 unique nature of this year’s events.

“Many people are finding themselves in high levels of need and that includes some who are, or have been, employed in the motor industry. 2020 has been no ordinary year and, as an organisation, we 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. Ben is an extremely worthwhile charity with which most people in the motor industry are familiar, and the good work it does is very well known and widely respected.”

Matt Wigginton, fundraising director at Ben, added: “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for our services is growing at a time when our income has fallen. We are extremely grateful to the RAC Dealer Network and The Assurant Foundation for their very generous support. This donation will help Ben to ensure no-one in automotive has to face life’s toughest challenges alone. We couldn’t do that without you.”

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.

The Assurant Foundation focuses on “protecting, connecting and inspiring” and is the charitable arm of Assurant.