Yorkshire cricket stars launch car raffle

23 May 2017
Yorkshire cricket stars bowled up to join forces with Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People to drive up support for its 30th anniversary car raffle.

Martin House ambassador Ryan Sidebottom was joined by his teammates Jonny Bairstow and Jack Brooks to launch the raffle, which has so far raised more than £220,000 for the hospice.

It is hoped this year’s raffle – now in its seventh year – will bring the total to £260,000 in Martin House’s 30th anniversary, which is celebrated in August.

The top prize is a brand new Citroen C1, which comes with three years’ warranty and is zero-rated for car tax. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of longstanding supporters Evans Halshaw Citroen, of Whitehall Road, Leeds, and leading confectionery firm HARIBO, almost all of the funds raised through ticket sales go towards supporting Martin House families.

John Haigh, corporate fundraiser at Martin House, said: “This is an amazing opportunity to win a car for just a pound. But this also gives you the chance to support the amazing work we do, helping to provide care and support to a family, whether that’s at our hospice or in their own home.

“We are delighted to have the support once again of HARIBO and Evans Halshaw Citroen, whose generous sponsorship has ensured the car raffle’s success for the past seven years. We’re hoping our anniversary raffle will be the most successful yet.”

As well as the car, other prizes in the raffle are a selection of 30 bottles of champagnes, a VIP box to see the Legends Live Tour 2017 at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, and £500 of John Lewis vouchers.

Peter Dean, Evans Halshaw Citroen Leeds, dealer principal, said: “We’re thrilled with the continued success of the car raffle, and hope we hit the £260,000 target. Martin House is such a worthy cause, and we are happy to support the raffle again this year so that the money raised goes to the children and young people who need it.”

Julie Beaman, assistant communications manager for HARIBO, said: “The Martin House car raffle is a great prize for a fantastic cause, which we are proud to support. This is our seventh year sponsoring Martin House and during this time we have been overwhelmed by the care and support that they provide. Through events like this we can all help them to continue to make a difference to the lives of young people and their families.”

Martin House cares for children and young people across North, West and East Yorkshire with life-limiting illnesses and their families, both at its hospice in Boston Spa and in the community.

Raffle tickets cost £1 each, and are available from calling the fundraising office on 01937 844569 or at any of its 11 shops around the region – a full list is available at the website. The closing date for raffle tickets is Monday 17th July, after which date all tickets received will be treated as donations to Martin House. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 20th July at Martin House.