Bedford’s Bentley

Olivia Devine takes the charity cheque from Lewis Braterski and Lucy Shovelton and the rest of form 7.3 with the Bentley Flying Spur
Olivia Devine takes the charity cheque from Lewis Braterski and Lucy Shovelton and the rest of form 7.3 with the Bentley Flying Spur
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Talk about a fundraising drive… this one comes with a six litre engine!

The slick £165,000 Bentley Flying Spur took pride of place at Leigh’s Bedford High School as a special thank-you to the big-hearted students.

Between them, the Bedford student body recently raised an impressive £629 for children’s charity the NSPCC through a non-uniform day.

It all came about when former Bedford student Olivia Devine popped back into school to talk about her new role with the prestigious motor company.

Olivia, 20, from Leigh is currently studying Languages and International Business at Huddersfield University. She is doing a one-year placement in Crewe-based Bentley’s purchasing department.

“At Bentley I am working with clients and suppliers from all over the world,” Olivia says. “I came back in to school to explain to the students how I am putting my language and business studies to good use in this role. Bentley has chosen the NSPCC as its charity so I thought it would be a good idea to get my old school involved in fundraising and they jumped at the chance.”

The whole school took part in the charity challenge but form 7.3 came top of the pile by collecting the largest single amount, £229.

As a special treat Bentley sent one of its top-of-the-range rides – the 190mph top speed Spur to the school for the day. Form 7.3 was the first to get behind the wheel and try the Bentley on for size.

Teacher Vikki Holden says: “We’re really proud of the whole school’s achievement in helping to raise money for this very worthy cause and I am delighted that my form was able to raise the most. They were thrilled to see such a fantastic car.”

As for Olivia, she’s now keen to continue the link between Bedford and Bentley.

She says: “Our school is a specialist Business and Enterprise College and Bentley is very well-known and successful business so it would be good for us to get together on future activities such as this.”