Eight resilient colleagues from JCT600 have once again laced up their hiking boots in support of charity, completing the 80-mile Dales Way to raise funds for automotive charity partner BEN.

This autumn, the team embraced the challenge of trekking from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria—a journey spanning five and a half days, involving a total of 200,000 steps and an average calorie burn of 17,000. The adventurous team included John Tordoff, the chief executive; Nigel Shaw, the financial director; Richard Hargraves, the managing director; Tracey Newton, the people director; Graham Thacker, the operations director; Andy Bateman, the customer experience director; James Parker, the chief information officer; and Ben Creswick, the managing director of the group’s vehicle leasing division, JCT600 VLS.

The trek was part of BEN’s Benathlon Challenge, encouraging automotive businesses to engage in physical activity for an entire month, while also providing an opportunity to raise funds for the charity, which supports anyone in need affiliated with the industry. To date, the JCT600 team has successfully raised £8,500 for BEN, and contributions can be made at https://giving.ben.org.uk/pf/jct600dalesway.

Richard Hargraves said: “BEN plays a vital role in the automotive industry, helping individuals from our sector when they need it most, and it’s vital that businesses like ours do all we can to support their work.

“With many colleagues having previously taken part in fundraising activities, from hiking the Yorkshire Three Peaks to a 500-mile walking, running, cycling, swimming and rowing challenge to tour all of our 50-plus dealerships, we felt the rigours of the Dales Way should be added to the list. Passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, it is a truly spectacular walk – even in torrential rain! Thanks to everyone for their support in helping us raise £8,500 for this fantastic charity.”

BEN is dedicated to supporting individuals who currently work or have worked in the UK automotive industry, along with their family dependents. In addition to aiding individuals in crisis, such as providing free life coaching, the charity collaborates with companies in the sector to promote the health and wellbeing of their employees.

JCT600 has evolved from a single dealership into one of the largest privately owned businesses in Yorkshire. With over 50 dealerships spanning Yorkshire and the North East to Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, the group represents 23 of the world’s leading car marques and boasts a team of 2,300 colleagues.