Charity Surprise for Lings Marathon Man



A fantastic effort from Lings Director Paul Barkshire that has so far raised nearly £11,000 for Children With Cancer UK after he ran the 2017 London Marathon.

With sponsorship coming from business partners, family, friends and staff as well as complete strangers, both Paul and the charity have been blown away by the support shown, and Paul was today suprised and delighted to recieve a donation of £200 to Ben UK from MAPFRE Insurance.

Touched by Pauls story and the overwhelming support his story received, MAPFRE contacted Paul out of the blue to offer a donation of £200 to Automotive Charity Ben in his name.

Ben is a specialist charity that works within and in support of workers in the automotive industry. Specialist staff help individuals in need of support or intervention across the four main pillars of health or wellbeing; physical, mental, financial and social.

"This was a fantastic surprise! A huge thank you goes out to MAPFRE for their support. I can't believe donations are still coming in months after the event and donations out of the blue - from complete strangers, too - shows a great deal of compassion. I'm extremely touched."

How Ben helps

Assessment: once we’ve listened and understood the situation, we create a plan of action tailored to each individual.

Information, advice and guidance: we can provide information on where to find help, advice around benefits claims, housing, care funding, mental and physical health issues and much more.

Managed referrals: we have a network of over 700 specialist partner organisations including debt advisors, mental health charities and local support groups, all of whom are experts in their field. We can refer clients to one of these organisations as appropriate, and we’ll stay in touch throughout to make sure they are receiving effective support.

Therapy: we may fund therapy, relationship and family counselling or therapeutic interventions according to need

Funding: for home adaptions to accommodate physical incapacity or short breaks for families dealing with life limiting or terminal illness.

Lings would like to say a huge thank you to MAPFRE and to Ben for the fantastic work it does within the motor trade. You can still donate to Paul's fundraising effort via JustGiving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Barkshire

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