A police worker from Newport wasn’t the only winner when a couple from North Shropshire decided to offer their family home as the prize in a draw to support us.
More than 140,000 people from across the country bought tickets to be in with a chance of winning Grafton Farmhouse – and helped raise £120,000 for our work.
Farmhouse owners Jane and Nigel Chaloner drew the lucky winner – key worker Alison Bellamy – live on a social media broadcast, using a verified random number generator.
They brought the draw forward when they sold all the tickets earlier than expected.
Alison, who was clearly shocked to learn she’d won, said she bought a ticket to support us after we cared for one of her friends.
She has since visited her prize – a fully furnished, Grade II listed farmhouse, which has three acres of land, paddocks, a gym and a hot tub.
Norma Ross, our director of income generation said: “Thanks so much to Nigel and Jane.
“Support such as theirs enables us to care for people with incurable illness. They have been incredibly generous to us and their donation of £120,000 will make such a difference.”
Having raised their own family and fostered many other children over the last 18 years and with retirement beckoning, the couple had begun marketing the property.
Jane said: “We have raised money for charities before, and I know what it is like to fight for your life and how much support charities provide.
“In recent years Severn Hospice have been there for our friends and family at the worst moments in their lives.
“In this dire time, we felt that we all need some hope, and being able to make a difference on this scale makes all the sense in the world.”