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At The 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.

The Cotswolds Way Challenge

In June 2019 the Bench’s Charitable Committee supported Matt’s 100km Ultra Marathon – The Cotswolds Way Challenge. Matt decided to walk the distance, starting in Bath and ending in Cheltenham...

AHIF 2019 Charity Run

This year's Africa Hotel Investment Forum included a Charity Run on 25 September 2019 in Addis Ababa, in support of local charity AHOPE Ethiopia. The run was hosted by none...

The crash in commodity prices will help tourism across Africa - Matthew Weihs

As a UNWTO affiliate member, Bench was honoured to participate in the 7th edition of Investour, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa on Jan 21st 2016. Our goal...

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...

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...

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...

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...