Donated car boosts Bryan’s fund raising

Bryan Garnham with the  car given to him to raise charity cash'. ANL-150323-202312009
Bryan Garnham with the car given to him to raise charity cash'. ANL-150323-202312009
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Bryan Garnham is used to doing up donated cycles and lawn mowers to raise money for his favourite charities, but he has just done a car for the first time.

Bryan, 79, is well known in Great Barton for his fund raising in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind, St Nicholas Hospice Care and the Treehouse Children’s Hospice.

That meant that when a couple in their late 80s decided it was time to give up driving, they gave their silver 2002 Mitsubishi Spacewagon MPV to him.

The petrol car had a towbar and a well below average 60,000 miles on the clock.

Bryan said: “I did a caravan once, and a dolls house, but I’ve never done a car.

“It cost about £80 to clean it and get the MoT and I got £700 for it.”

He has given the elderly couple, who want to be anonymous, a share in the proceeds, but the majority of the money will go to the charities.

Though a car is a bit out of the ordinary, Bryan is always happy to receive the more usual donations of cycles and garden machinery at his home in Livermere Road.

He explained: “Their condition isn’t important because if they can’t be done up, they’re useful for parts.”

All the cycles he renovates are safety checked for him by Bury St Edmunds’ Cycle King shop’s specialists before they are sold.

Bryan’s fund raising began with guide dogs when he was in the Royal Navy in the 1960s (see Nostalgia on page 35). He started after talking to a blind man in a cafe about the work dogs do.

Since then he has raised the money for five guide dogs.

But his garden sales have netted £18,000 in the past four-and-a-half years for his three chosen charities.