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At Bench we are proud to demonstrate our social responsibility through our commitment to corporate-led charity fundraising. We recognise the importance of building connections with the community and empowering local people to live and work in ways to support their environment. Over the years we have championed specific charity causes to stop poaching, beat cancer and help improve the lives of others.

Bench to support Youth Career Initiative

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) is an innovative, high-impact approach to combating global youth unemployment. YCI works with young people who are unlikely to have a viable route into legitimate...

Eat, sleep, row repeat- Six lessons we’ve learnt from the Yorkshire Rows

Yorkshire Rows did it: they rowed 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic ocean in 67 days to become the oldest female team to ever row an ocean. In the wake...

The Great Gorilla Run 2016- supported by Bench

September 17th 2016 saw around 500 “gorillas” actively participate in the annual Great Gorilla Run. The run is a 5 mile fun run along the banks of the Thames, Central...

Monkeying around for sustainable tourism

On September 17th the Bench team (and you if you wish to join us) will be donning our gorilla suits to run 8km through London to raise money through the...

Jon Howell, MD, AviaDev appointed Global Ambassador for the Gorilla Organization

October, 2016, Kigali, Rwanda. Jon Howell was appointed to the role of Global Ambassador for the Gorilla Organization, a UK charity committed to the conservation of the mountain gorillas and...

Bench donates US$ to Hilton Responds

On behalf of Michael Collini, Vice President Development Sub Saharan Africa at Hilton, Bench has donated US $1,000 to Mike's charity of choice, Hilton Responds.Hilton Responds supports Hilton fellow Team...

Jon Howell, MD AviaDev completed UK three peaks challenge in aid of gorilla conservation

In 2016, Jon Howell, MD of AviaDev was appointed Global Ambassador for the Gorilla Organization. Ever since he was a child, Jon has been obsessed with these magnificent animals and...

Can we all learn something from the Women’s Cricket World Cup Final? by Matthew Weihs

At the eleventh hour I was lucky enough to obtain a couple of tickets to the ladies cricket World Cup final at the home of cricket, Lords, last Sunday. I...

YCI graduate shows how the hospitality industry can support life changing opportunities

A young graduate of a life-changing employability programme will be attending AHIF to describe how he went from an orphan with limited life chances to a chef in a top...