Bennetts raises money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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Gavin Bennett, Workshop Manager, Audrey Williams, South West Regional Fundraising Manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Martyn Starkey, Coach Driver and Peter Bennett, Managing Director. Front row: Isabella Starkey (6) and James Starkey (3)
Gavin Bennett, Workshop Manager, Audrey Williams, South West Regional Fundraising Manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Martyn Starkey, Coach Driver and Peter Bennett, Managing Director. Front row: Isabella Starkey (6) and James Starkey (3)

Family-run Bennetts Coaches recently held a charity raffle and auction at its annual staff party, raising £1,100 in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The Trust was chosen as the Bennetts Coaches 2013 Charity of the Year because the Granddaughter of Martyn Starkey, one firms coach drivers, has the condition.

The cheque was presented by Peter Bennett, the firm’s MD to Audrey Williams, South West Regional Fundraising Manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on January 31. The Gloucester-based operator also took the opportunity to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, having been providing luxury coach travel to its customers since 1962.

Audrey said: “We are so grateful for this donation. Every penny we raise makes such a difference in our fight to make sure that people with Cystic Fibrosis receive the very best care available and we desperately need the funds to continue the wide range of practical help and support we provide.”

Mr Bennett thanked the firm’s employees and the many companies which donated raffle and auction prizes, “all of whom contributed towards making the evening such a success.”

These included: Saracens Rugby Club, Gillmans Electrical, Castell Howell Foods Ltd, Autosmart, Continental Tyres, CM Downtons, Anderson Karts, Holiday Inn Barnwood, EvoBus, Spirit Health & Fitness, Cheltenham Autos, Pizza Hut and the Priory Lodge Hotel in Newquay.