Gary Barlow Hands Over Very Special Bentley Continental GTC
On 10 May 2012, Gary Barlow partook in a very special Bentley Continental GTC handover.
The Bentley Continental GTC was the focus of a BBC Children in Need fundraising auction last November. There, Brendan and Barbara Ainscough made the winning bid of £240,000 after Gary Barlow upped the stakes significantly through pledging to hand-over the car in person.
And who could say no to that?
True to his word, Gary met the Ainscoughs at Bentley's Crew factory to hand over the keys.
Says Gary: “I’m delighted to present Mr and Mrs Ainscough with the keys to their new GTC.
“We all had high hopes that the Bentley would raise a significant amount of money for BBC 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"
The GTC was completed to the Ainscough's personal specifications. It's uniqueness is cemented by the fact that it includes inscribed into the passenger airbag panel the signatures not only of Gary Barlow, but also of Sir Terry Wogan and Ferne Cotton.
Says Mr Ainscough: “This is a very special occasion for myself and Barbara and we are absolutely thrilled that Gary has joined us here today 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”.
The auction was part of the Gala Dinner organised by Gary Barlow in Manchester and the winning bid for the GTC contributed £120,000 to the final record breaking total of £46million raised by BBC Children in Need in 2011.