Preston man wins £250,000 Lancashire House with a £75 ticket in the Derian House Children’s Hospice draw

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Charles Maughan, who works for a local authority with adults with learning disabilities, described the big win as “life changing”.

The house, on the Green Hills development in Feniscowles, near Blackburn, will house Charles’ stepson Lewis and his partner Autumn, who are expecting a baby in November and are currently living in a rental nearby.

Charles bought £75 tickets in the Great Big House Giveaway Prize Draw, raising money for the Derian House Children’s Hospice after receiving the link to enter from partner Kerri. She had previously bought tickets hoping to win the home for her son and unborn grandchild.

A Preston support worker has won a brand new home worth £250,000 after buying a ticket just days before the winner was drawn. Charles Maughan, who works for a local authority with adults with learning disabilities, described the big win as “life changing”. The house, in the Green Hills development in Feniscowles, will house Charles’ stepson Lewis and his partner Autumn, who are expecting a baby in November and are currently living in a rental nearby. Charles bought £75 tickets in the Great Big House Giveaway Prize Draw, raising money for the Derian House Children’s Hospice after receiving the link to enter from partner Kerri. She had previously bought tickets hoping to win the home for her son and unborn grandchild.

“When I saw my name on the big screen, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Charles, who also runs a bouncy castle business at the weekend.

“This is huge for us, it changes our lives. I didn’t enter as a competition, I entered because the money was going to such a good cause.”

The announcement was made at a Fairground Gala Ball held at Hoghton Tower by Kingswood Homes, who had donated the house.

When Charles saw his name on the big screen, he stared at it in disbelief and then put his head in his hands as his family cheered.

A Preston support worker has won a brand new home worth £250,000 after buying a ticket just days before the winner was drawn. Charles Maughan, who works for a local authority with adults with learning disabilities, described the big win as “life changing”. The house, in the Green Hills development in Feniscowles, will house Charles’ stepson Lewis and his partner Autumn, who are expecting a baby in November and are currently living in a rental nearby. Charles bought £75 tickets in the Great Big House Giveaway Prize Draw, raising money for the Derian House Children’s Hospice after receiving the link to enter from partner Kerri. She had previously bought tickets hoping to win the home for her son and unborn grandchild.

The drawing was conducted the day before under the supervision of an independent witness at the offices of Sterling Lotteries, who were conducting the drawing on behalf of the charity. This should allow necessary background checks to be carried out.

Charles and his family were invited to the ball – which meant the winner could be announced that evening.

A total of 22,374 people took part in the Great Big House Giveaway, raising £357,489 for the children and young adults at Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Proceeds from the ball took the total to more than £400,000 – enough to run the entire hospice for almost two months.

Paul Jones, Managing Director of Kingswood Homes said: “The response to the Great Big House Giveaway has been fantastic, from the people who bought tickets to those who helped build the property. Although we donated the house ourselves, it would not have been possible without the help of a number of companies who donated their time or materials to the project. They say it takes a village to raise a child — it also takes a community of construction and real estate professionals to build a home and give it away.”

Caroline Taylor, Director of Income, Marketing and Communications at Derian House Children’s Hospice said: “We are absolutely delighted for Charles and his family, who are very worthy winners. The fact that they want to keep the house and live in it is the icing on the cake. We saw this house being built from the ground up and we really hoped it would fall to someone whose life would change.

“The generosity of Kingswood Homes has been phenomenal and we are very grateful. This was the largest fundraiser we have seen at Derian House and the tremendous amount of money raised will make a real difference to critically ill children and young people from across the North West.”

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