We are delighted to announce the lucky winner of our annual raffle! Anne Ballantyne and her family, who live in Morpeth, won the star prize and drove off in a brand new Honda Jazz. The raffle raised a record breaking £46,259 this year thanks our amazing supporters buying tickets in a bid to snap up the star prize.
The car, which was donated by three Vertu Honda dealerships in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, was won by Anne after she bought a ticket when visiting her mam on our Inpatient Ward.
Collecting her prize from Vertu Honda Newcastle, Anne said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to have won the Honda Jazz, I didn’t think I would win when I bought the raffle ticket; I was just happy to support St Oswald’s Hospice.
“When I got the phone call to say I had the winning ticket, I was overcome with emotion. My mam, Jean, recently passed away after spending almost three weeks on the inpatient ward at St Oswald’s, and my family and I had visited daily.
“The whole team did so much for mam and the family in such a short space of time. Even our dog Robbie was made so welcome, and that made a huge difference at such a difficult time. I know first-hand the amazing work that St Oswald’s does, which is why I wanted to support the raffle. I just can’t believe I won.”
Richie Carrigan, General Manager at Vertu Honda Newcastle, said: “We’re so pleased to have been able to help St Oswald’s raise such a staggering sum.
“The fact that it is a local organisation that works with people in the North East makes it even more special for us and demonstrates the important role that local business has to play in supporting charities and good causes.”
The money raised is more than enough to pay the salary of a full time senior nurse for an entire year, and goes some of the way towards the £7 million that we need to raise every to deliver high quality palliative care to adults, children and young people in the North East. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and well done to our winners.