Hospice hands over keys to lucky winner in MINI car raffle
The winner of the St Catherine's Hospice car raffle has driven away in her brand new model MINI - the star prize in the annual campaign which this year raised a record-breaking amount.
Carolyn Reynolds' lucky ticket was drawn by singing sensation Katherine Jenkins at the hospice's Symphony at the Tower concert earlier this month.
Sheis now the proud owner of the MINI Cooper Hatch in pepper white with black roof - the latest model of the iconic car which was only launched in March.
Carolyn, from Liverpool, had bought the ticket after receiving them with her hospice newsletter through the post. Her connection with St Catherine’s goes back three years to when her best friend Susan Langley was cared for on the in-patient unit at the Lostock Hall hospice.
She said: "I sent a donation into St Catherine’s when Susan died and have been in touch with them since then. When I received the tickets through the post I sent back the stubs and then thought no more of it. I was completely shocked when I got the call to say I’d won! Susan and I were best friends since we were five-years-old – she was a very dear friend and I miss her a lot. Winning this car feels she has sent me a little gift which is lovely.”
Carolyn and husband John said the new MINI would also take them on atrip down memory lane.
“We had a red MINI back in ’71 or ’72,” she said. “They’re great little cars. To have a brand new one in the new model is fantastic! It’s a very pretty car and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel.”
This year's raffle raised a bumper £51,250 in ticket sales - the profits of which will be used to support thehospice's carefor people affected by life-shortening illnesses in Central Lancashire.
Tickets were sold across the area, including for a week within St George's shopping centre in Preston and at Bowker's showroom at Preston Docks.
Sheila Kennard, Head of Promotions at St Catherine's Hospice, said: "We're delighted with the success of this year's car raffle and the fantastic amount of money it has raised to support patient care.
"We have had many admiring looks and comments as the car has been promoted around the area - people have been very excited and eager to buy their tickets! We're very happy to see it go to a great home with Carolyn and hope she enjoys many happy hours behind the wheel."
Graham McMurray, from Bowker MINI, said: "Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket in the MINI raffle. Not everyone can be a winner. But everyone can be proud of supporting an extremely worthy local cause like St Catherine's.
"Congratulations to Carolyn from everyone at Bowker MINI. We hope she has fun driving her new MINI Hatch."
Ian and Wendy Wilde, of Ian Wilde independent funeral directors who were the main sponsors of the car raffle, also attended the presentation.
Wendy said: "We were very happy to be involved with the MINI car raffle - giving something back and showing our support for a local charity which does such wonderful work in the community."