Take That’s Gary Barlow upped the stakes in a fundraising auction for BBC Children in Need when he pledged to hand over a very special Continental GTC.
Brendan and Barbara Ainscough were delighted last month to receive the keys to their brand new convertible from the singer in a presentation at Bentley Motors’ factory in Crewe.
The couple had bid £240,000 for the car at a gala dinner in Manchester organised by Gary Barlow and the opportunity for a personal handover was an offer they just couldn’t refuse. Gary honoured his commitment by meeting the Ainscoughs at the Bentley factory in May to hand over the keys.
“I’m delighted to present Mr and Mrs Ainscough with the keys to their new GTC," said Gary. "We all had high hopes that the Bentley would raise a significant amount of money for Children in Need, but their generous bid exceeded all expectations.
"Their donation will make a real difference to some of the UK's most disadvantaged children being supported by BBC Children in Need."
Completed to the Ainscough’s personal specifications, the car is all the more unique as it includes the signatures of Gary and loyal Children in Need supporters Sir Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton inscribed into the passenger airbag panel.
Brendan Ainscough said: “This is a very special occasion for myself and Barbara and we are absolutely thrilled that Gary joined us to hand over the keys.
"The auction was a unique opportunity to buy a car we know we will love driving whilst raising money for an important cause that means a great deal to both of us”.
They were joined by Christine Gaskell and Jon Crossley, from Bentley, for the handover and a short tour of the factory.
Bentley Manchester Managing Director Mr Crossley said: “We were absolutely thrilled that the Continental GTC proved such a fantastic fundraiser, with Mr and Mrs Ainscough’s bid contributing £120,000 to the final record breaking total of £46million raised by BBC Children in Need in 2011.”