A St Oswald’s supporter is starting the year with a new set of wheels as the lucky winner of our Annual Raffle. We were delighted to ‘brake’ the good news to Paul Duncan, 50, from Newcastle, that he had won our star prize – a 68-plate Vauxhall Adam car, kindly donated Bristol Street Motors.
Paul’s winning ticket was picked at random by St Oswald’s Chief Executive, James Ellam, at our Annual Christmas Market at the end of November. Hospice fundraiser Helen Alderson and Robert Forrester, chief executive officer of Vertu Motors plc met Paul at Bristol Street Motors’ Newcastle dealership just before Christmas to hand over the keys.
I support St Oswald’s by making donations to their charity shops and received some raffle tickets through the post with the hospice newsletter. I bought three tickets myself and sold the rest to colleagues at work, but never expected to hear anything. To be honest, I forgot all about the raffle until I received a call to give me the wonderful news! I just couldn’t believe it.
My car is 11 years-old and I was on the lookout for a new model so the timing was perfect. I am very grateful to Bristol Street Motors for donating such an incredible prize and would like to thank St Oswald’s for the work it does in my local community. It supports families during the most difficult times of their lives and without donations, as I found when my sister-in-law went into a hospice, it wouldn’t be able to do the fantastic work that makes such a huge difference.
Robert Forrester, chief executive officer of Vertu Motors plc, which operates Bristol Street Motors, said:
St Oswald’s Hospice is an invaluable charity which aims to improve the quality of life for people living with a life-limiting illness. We have supported the Gosforth-based charity, and the outstanding work it does, for the past four years and we look forward to continuing this important partnership.
Anita Ball, director of income generation and marketing at St Oswald’s Hospice, added:
Our Annual Raffle was, once again, an overwhelming success and I would like to thank everyone who took part. The raffle has raised over £35,000 for St Oswald’s which will go a long way towards supporting local adults, young people, children and babies with incurable conditions.
Without the generosity and kindness of people, including businesses like Bristol Street Motors, we would not be able to raise the money we need to keep our doors open every day, and we thank everyone for their support.
A huge congratulations to Paul, from all of our team.
The second prize was a laptop computer donated by Total Business Group. This was won by a lady from Newcastle.
Our third prize was a £300 holiday voucher gifted by Courtney Airsavers and was won by Mrs MacLeod from Kenton.
Thank you to Bristol Street Motors, Total Business Group and Courtney Airsavers for donating such fantastic prizes for our Annual Raffle, and to everyone who bought or sold tickets. You have helped us raise over £35,000 for the hospice this year! Watch out for the return of our Annual Raffle in the summer.