Gleaming Bentley helps raise £240,000 for Children in Need

A beautifully polished Bentley Continental GTC helped this year's Children in Need campaign raise £240,000.

The car, which boasts a top speed of 195mph, went under the hammer at a star-studded action in Manchester and attracted a string of bids from celebrities.

Take That star and current X Factor judge Gary Barlow hosted the event and started things off by tabling his own bid as well as promising to personally deliver it to whoever won the auction.

Jon Crossley, managing director of Bentley Manchester, made all the arrangements for the vehicle to be part of the glittering auction and said that the response from the 400 guests at the Hilton Hotel had taken his breath away.

He added: “Above all this has been an incredibly good result for Children in Need. The fact that the new owners are Bentley enthusiasts and love these cars is a bonus for us. We’re looking forward to welcoming them and their unique car to the dealership for many years to come.”

On top of getting the gleaming car delivered to them by a current X Factor judge, the winner bidder was invited to spend a day at Bentley's factory so that they can select which woods and leathers they want for the car's interior.

But that's not all, the interior will be decorated with the signatures of some of the celebrities at the event as a special memento for the generosity showed. Surely a car that the proud new owner will want to care for with the best car polishes and shampoos on the market.

Supporters of the event included Kelly Rowland, Chris Moyles, Coleen Rooney and pop group JLS.

The £240,000 raised contributed to a £26 million total raised for Children in Need on Friday night. It was the highest figure the campaign has raised on record and up some £8 million on last year.

Posted by Louise Tate 

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