Our 2017 Annual Raffle was a huge success, raising over £40,000 for St Oswald’s. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket – we wish you could all have won!
We had three lucky winners, who received some fantastic prizes, thanks to very kind donations from our friends at Bristol Street Motors, The Biscuit Factory and intu Eldon Square. Here, we meet our winners and find out how they received the news that they had the lucky tickets!
63 year-old Ian Parker, who works for the Tyne and Wear Metro service, was in the process of looking for a replacement for his ten year old Toyota Auris, before winning his new set of wheels.
Mr Parker was visiting a family friend of twenty years at St Oswald’s, with his wife, Lorna when he purchased the winning ticket. Mr Parker’s friend, Derek, died at the hospice after spending almost four weeks on the Inpatient Unit there.
Mr Parker said:
I have never won anything before, so when I purchased the ticket, I thought nothing of it. Never in a million years did I think that I would actually win the car.
I am blown away at the generosity of Bristol Street Motors for making the donation and its support of St Oswald's Hospice. Winning the car has certainly changed my life and has saved me so much money, but that's nothing compared to the work that the hospice does on a daily basis for people and their families.
The car will also hold a special place in my heart, as it is another connection to Derek and a lasting memory of a treasured friend.
Nick Harding, general manager of Bristol Street Motors Newcastle Vauxhall added:
St Oswald’s Hospice is doing fantastic, tireless work for people in our community and it’s extremely important to recognise this and contribute where we can. They continue to support hundreds of families in the North East, in what is an extremely difficult time, and supporting them is our way of showing how grateful we are.
Hospice volunteer, Grace Farnworth was quietly excited when she found out she had won a £1,000 Biscuit factory voucher in our Annual Raffle whilst studying in the library!
A third year biomedical student at Northumbria University, Grace also volunteers at the Hospice as a ward helper and fundraising event volunteer.
I honestly thought I was getting a call to cover a shift in the Hospice when why phone rang, but when Danielle from the fundraising team started speaking, I was completely shocked. I was in the library at the time cramming for my Christmas exams but the lovely news really brightened up my Monday.
I bought ten tickets from the hospice reception after a shift. I didn’t think about winning but I’m so happy I did. I love The Biscuit Factory and keep going in and looking around but I really can’t choose what I want to buy with it!
We were delighted to hand over Grace’s prize and she’s promised us she’ll keep in touch with us to show us what she’s bought.
Gosforth man, Nick Rutter, 28, was overjoyed to discover he was a raffle winner. Nick scooped the much coveted third prize, a £500 voucher donated by Intu Eldon Square, which he can spend at any of the intu centres in the country.
We invited Nick to the Hospice to congratulate him in person and hand over his prize. Nick said:
I was so shocked when Danielle from St Oswald’s called with the good news! I had totally forgotten I even had a ticket, so it was a lovely surprise. My mum had bought 20 tickets from a family friend, Vi, who used to work at the Hospice. Mum gave all the tickets away to family and I ended up being the owner of the lucky one!
As its Christmas, I will be spending some on presents for the family and as I’ve just moved to the area, I could do with getting a television for my new house. I’m so pleased to have won, as I rarely win anything.
This wasn’t Nick’s first visit to the hospice, as he had been invited on a tour a few years ago in a work capacity. Nick explains:
I am a pharmacist at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and I was given a tour of the hospice facilities with my colleagues. I was already aware of the wonderful work the hospice does, but it really hit home the scale of the organisation when I visited. Something that stuck with me was that rooms that the children stay in for their short breaks are personalised for them each visit, with their favourite games, books and toys. I thought this was a lovely touch and made the facility seem to homely.
Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to our players and prize donors. Our Annual Raffle will return in 2018.