Businessman’s lost bet proves to be a winner

Crawley Lions accept ?1,000 for Guide Dogs appeal from Starbucks SUS-150223-111538001
Crawley Lions accept ?1,000 for Guide Dogs appeal from Starbucks SUS-150223-111538001

A businessman has turned a £1,000 lost bet into a win after donating the money to a very good cause.

Michael Bradley, who runs Starbucks in Queens Square, had accepted a challenge to stay off the alcohol for the whole of January.

He was doing rather well until one fateful evening when he was enjoying a meal at a curry house and realised it just didn’t taste the same without a beer.

Arguably the most expensive beer in the world, it left him £1,000 out of pocket – but he was smiling when he handed over a cheque to the Crawley Lions for their Guide Dogs appeal on Thursday (February 19).

Michael said: “I just found myself sliding down that slippery slope and saying ‘I have to have one’ and that was it!”

He was joined at the Queens Square coffee shop by his wife Lucy and their children Archie and Holly as well as Guide Dogs Baker and Rum and a whole pride of Lions.

Michael added: “I think it’s a great cause – it’s well worth doing it.”

The cheque was accepted by Tumsil Abbas on behalf of the Lions.

Gary Davies, of the Lions, said: “Crawley Lions are pleased that Michael lost his bet – and the appeal after Thursday evening is £1,000 richer.”

The community spirit did not end there.

As well as supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Lions have been collecting money for the Ryan Brand Appeal and handed over a cheque for £500.

Ryan, 14, who was born with spina bifida, had both legs amputated last year.

A keen sportsman, the appeal has been collecting money to provide Ryan with prosthetics he will need in the coming years.

His dad, Matthew, said he was “over the moon” with the donation which took the total raised to around £8,500.

He added: “It’s fantastic. It kind of came out of the blue.

“It is a bit more special because we didn’t contact them, they came to us. It shows a bit of community spirit, it’s lovely.”

Ryan, who attends St Wilfrid’s School, took part in a fun run/walk in Goffs Park on Sunday (February 22).