An enterprising couple are offering people the chance to win a luxury £600K house in Yorkshire for just £2.50
Jayne and Steven Lawrence hope that by raffling their six-bedroom, detached property in Sheffield, they can also raise around £20K for Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to their hearts.
Jayne, of Great Limber, near Grimsby, Lincolnshire, is determined to support Alzheimer’s Society after losing her mum, Gloria, to dementia last November.
She said: “Mum was a wonderful person – really attractive and always paying attention to her appearance. Mum was a highly respected principal of several care homes that specialist in Alzheimer’s and dementia. She was passionate about her job, making a difference to the residents while supporting family members, this makes her story all the more poignant.
“She was only in her 60s when we first realised something didn’t seem quite right and it was heart-breaking to see her deteriorate over the years that followed.
“My dad Geoff did an incredible job caring for mum for more than 10 years, until she passed away aged 78.
“With dementia, it’s as though you’re grieving for the person you love even though they are still with us. Eventually, mum was unable to recognise members of her own family.
“She was in a care home towards the end and there were times when I would wear sunglasses during visits because it was so painful to see her as she was and I didn’t want mum to see me upset.”
Jayne and husband Steven built the three-storey property on land belonging to Jayne’s parents in 2003.
The architecturally designed house represents Jayne and Steven’s love for contemporary design and period style features. It offers multi-generational living and has planning consent for a double garage with accommodation above.
Jayne, who is Head of Operations at the Department of Computer Science in York, has previously raised funds for Alzheimer’s Society alongside sister Helen when they took part in one of the charity’s Memory Walk events in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.
If Jayne and Steven achieve their target of 400,000 ticket sales, one lucky winner will get the keys to a dream house for a stake of just £2.50 – and a donation of around £20K will go to Alzheimer’s Society.
But even if ticket sales fall short of the target, a sizeable cash prize will be awarded to the raffle winner.
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, including an estimated 76,130 across Yorkshire and Humber.
Ju Lee, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are thrilled that Jayne and Steven have chosen Alzheimer’s Society as the potential beneficiaries of this raffle.
“We rely heavily on the goodwill of fundraisers to enable us to support people living with dementia, campaign on their behalf and fund research.
“Coronavirus has shattered the lives of so many people with the condition. They have been the worst hit by the pandemic and need our support now more than ever. People like Jayne and Steven are helping to make that possible.”
- To enter the raffle, visit http://bit.ly/homeraffle