A Morpeth woman has won a brand new Honda Jazz in a raffle that raised more than £45,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice.
The lucky recipient of the car, which was donated by three Vertu Honda dealerships in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, was Anne Ballantyne.
She bought a ticket for the fund-raising initiative when visiting her late mother at the Gosforth-based hospice.
Thousands of people entered the competition and a total of £46,259 was collected – the most the charity has ever raised from its annual raffle.
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.”
Helen Alderson, fund-raiser at St Oswald’s Hospice, said that the money raised is enough to pay the salary, plus additional costs, of a full-time senior nurse working in the children’s, inpatient or outpatient services for an entire year.
She added: “A huge thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and congratulations to our lucky winner.
“We are so grateful to Vertu Honda for donating such a wonderful prize for our annual raffle. Having the car to take to our events was a big talking point and we were delighted to raise such a massive total.”
The charity provides specialist hospice care to North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions and support for their family members.
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.
“We will be opening a new Vertu Honda dealership in Morpeth this summer and this dealership will be equally as involved in supporting local charities and causes.”