This year’s Children in Need fundraising activities got off to a flying start when a 195mph Bentley Continental GTC went under the hammer for £240,000.
At a star-studded evening at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester, hosted by Gary Barlow and supported by Kelly Rowland, Chris Moyles, Sir Terry Wogan, and bigger names like Coleen Rooney and JLS, Bentley’s new convertible immediately caught the eye of several generous bidders. By the time the auctioneer had finished, the car had nearly hit the quarter of a million mark. Gary Barlow added some extra drama (Shock!) to proceedings by putting his own bid in for the Bentley and promising to deliver the car in person to the new owners, after criticizing Louis Walsh and the song choice for the auction, naturally. That’s a joke, he didn’t really, but can’t you just imagine him doing it?)
As well as getting the keys to their new car hand-delivered to them by the X-Factor Judge, the winning bidders have been invited to the Bentley factory and will be able to select the woods and leathers for the interior of their car.
In a further personal touch, Bentley’s famous craftsmen and women will be adding the signatures of several of the celebrities who attended the event to the interior, “creating a car unique in the world and a special memento of a generous evening” or defacing the inside of a quarter of a million pounds worth of luxury car, either way.
Anyhow, well done Bentley for supporting Children in need, it’s a wonderful cause and we’re all very proud of you, especially Gary Barlow.