A substantial donation from BMW Group’s UK businesses has ensured the future of the Nuffield Wing at the Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund’s (BEN) residential care centre at Lynwood, near Ascot, Berkshire.
The Nuffield Wing was under threat of possible closure due to lack of funding required to meet new legislative requirements.
Following the success of BMW Group in the UK in 2001 which saw record sales, the launch of the MINI, the opening of a new engine factory at Hams Hall and the start of work on the Rolls-Royce factory at Goodwood, a decision was taken to mark this commitment to the UK by making a donation to the motor industry’s own charity.
Commenting at the official opening of the Nuffield Wing today (10 March 2003), Jim O’Donnell, managing director of BMW Great Britain, said: "We are delighted to be able to share the success of the BMW Group in the UK with BEN. There are more than 9,000 people employed directly by BMW Group in the UK in addition to a further 10,000 people in our UK dealer network, all of who could benefit at some time in their lives from the work undertaken by BEN. We look forward to a continuing and long term relationship with BEN and wish the Lynwood team every success with their newly refurbished facility."
Geoffrey Atkinson, chief executive of Ben, said: "We are deeply grateful to BMW Group for this magnificent support. The Nuffield wing at Lynwood has been providing wonderful care since the early 60s, but it was looking tired, and the accommodation did not measure up to modern expectations. The newly refurbished wing is superb, and we look forward to caring for very frail people in these warm and homely surroundings for many years to come. "
BEN was established in 1905 and spends over £10 million supporting over 15,750 people in the UK through its four nursing and residential care centres and in people’s own homes. Fund raising comes from many sources, including performance related giving where companies give a donation based on turnover, legacies, donations and payroll giving.
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