Wilton Engineering Group boss Bill Scott got into a lather after he offered to boost the funds of the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
The well-known businessman was one of the auction ‘prizes’ at a recent dinner organised by the charity – set up to make the area a better place to live, work and do business.
Bill was one of several diners to pledge their services – his pledge was to wash the car of the highest bidder in a revealing outfit.
Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive Zoe Lewis – pictured (above) with Bill – won with a bid of £320.
And when Bill arrived at the college to fulfil his pledge, instead of Zoe’s car he was presented with a very grubby college van along with several buckets of soapy water and a stack of sponges.
He joked: “I think Zoe should increase her bid given the size of the van and the amount of dirt on it. “
The college team then presented the outfit for Bill to wear while he washed the vehicle – a fluorescent green mankini.
And while Bill was willing to wear it – all in the name of charity – college staff allowed him to keep his dignity due to a freezing wind blowing off the River Tees.
During Bill’s visit he voiced his support for the £20m investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) that’s taking shape at the college – the culmination of which is a £12m STEM Centre of Excellence being built on the Middlehaven site.
He also met with welding, fabrication and pipe fitting students to give an overview of his career, including the creation of Wilton Engineering Group.
Mike Ellis, a pipe fitting student said: “Bill was a top bloke. It was great to listen to the advice of someone in the industry.”
Duane Hurn also a pipe fitting student said: “It was really interesting to hear all about his work ethic.
“It encompasses all the things you need to succeed in this sector – motivation, hard work, direction and the willingness to take a chance.”
Zoe said: “Bill’s been a great sport and as well as fulfilling his pledge to the charity, while he was here he kindly agreed to talk to a group of engineering students, sharing his expertise and industry knowledge.”
Bill said: “It was a real fun way to raise money to help those who need it most on Teesside and many thanks to Zoe for donating to a great charity.
“I really enjoyed having the chance to inspire the engineering students at Middlesbrough College, they were truly engaging.
“The college is achieving great things and its investment in its STEM project will be a massive boost to engineering students for many years to come.”
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