Bents garden centre takes on cycling challenge

Bents garden centre managing director Matthew Bent and four friends will be taking to their bicycles and completing the 170-mile challenge over a period of three days starting on 24 September.

Bents Garden Centre team prepares to take on 'Coast to Coast' charity cycling challenge - image: Bents Garden Centre
Bents Garden Centre team prepares to take on 'Coast to Coast' charity cycling challenge - image: Bents Garden Centre

Those completing the challenge include Mark Downton, Bents’ horticultural operations manager who is married to Matthew’s sister Rachel; Andrew Morris who is married to Matthew's youngest sister Katherine and friends Wayne Price and Christian McKenzie.

Matthew Bent said:  "The Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey is a cause that is very close to my heart as myself and my wife spent quite a lot of time there when our second child was rushed into hospital. The care given by the team was fantastic and we will never forget the way we were treated."

The Ronald McDonald family support house at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool is the largest such house in the world and as an independent charity depends entirely upon voluntary donations. Bents’ customers and colleagues have already raised £5800. 

Bent added:  "We always put a lot of effort into fundraising for our charities of the year as each one is a very important cause.  This year I wanted to give something a little bit extra on a personal basis as a special thank you for the care we received as a family."

The Coast to Coast team has set up its own Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/bentscoast2coast and all donations will be added to Bents’ overall charity of the year total, which will be announced in January 2011.


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