An unexpected phone conversation between two old friends resulted in a swift collection at a Haverhill garden furniture company and a £350 donation to a high-profile charity challenge by a Radio 1 broadcaster.
The money was given to the Gregathlon undertaken by Greg James in aid of Sport Relief, a challenge that saw him complete five triathlons in five days in five different cities last week.
The donation was inspired by a simple phone call last Thursday from one of the Gregathlon team’s safety outriders, Jason Jenkins, to his best friend from their days back home in Wales, Martin Hughes, while he was at work at Mazerattan in Boundary Road.
Martin, who is the sales and operations manager, explained: “He called me and is I’m just finishing up in Sheffield and we have to start in Norwich tomorrow and how far are you away from Norwich and I said you are kind of en-route and he said I will pop in and see you.
“I had a brainwave and said If you come in and see me and get me a signed picture that I can put up in the office I will raise some money for Sport Relief.
“By the time he got here I had raised £350.
“This has just come about from me having a brainwave for my friend coming in to see me and apparently it has gone down a storm (with the Gregathlon team).
“They were over the moon about this as an off-the-cuff stop in to see a friend and raise some money for Sport Relief.”
Although Martin works for Mazerattan, the cheque was made out by Maze Living, which handles sales to the general public by appointment.
Maze Living also stumped up more than half of the £350 that was raised, with the rest was made up from staff donations.
The Gregathlon challenge gained support from many celebrities and caught the imagination of the public so much that it has raised more than half a million pounds for Sports Relief.
Mr Jenkins runs his own company called Safety Bike, which provides outriders for sports events such as the Tour of Britain, triathlons and TV and movie shoots.
It is his job to ensure the road is clear for the events to take place safely.
Martin thanked Andy Copping of Boundary Road-based Xcel Print and Promotions, who produced the large cheque at very short notice.