Lucky Jean wins a car for just a £1 – but she can’t drive!

WIN Jean Perkins and husband Terry with the car they won and Rowans chief executive Ruth White.  Picture: Malcolm Wells ''(121208-0072)

WIN Jean Perkins and husband Terry with the car they won and Rowans chief executive Ruth White. Picture: Malcolm Wells ''(121208-0072)

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LUCKY Jean Perkins picked up the keys to her new car, which she won for £1 – even though she can’t drive.

The 74-year-old was among thousands to enter a raffle backed by The News to win a new Citroen C1.

In all, £30,000 was raised for The Rowans Hospice’s Dorothy’s Dream appeal.

And Mrs Perkins’s £1 ticket was picked as the winner.

She said: ‘I entered, but didn’t even think about winning – I just saw it as a donation.

‘I didn’t give it a second thought and forgot all about it.

‘Then I got a phone call on April Fools’ Day to say I had won a car.

‘At first I thought it was a joke and I was shocked.

‘I didn’t believe it until we came to see the car.’

But it won’t be Jean getting behind the wheel as she does not have a driving licence.

Instead, husband Terry, 72, will get the keys.

The retired civil servant, of Talbot Close, Bedhampton, said: ‘I take her wherever I go anyway, so she’ll be benefiting from the car as much as me.

‘We have always donated money to hospices.

‘We used to live in Coventry and donated money to the hospice there.

‘Then when we moved here and carried it on with The Rowans.

‘They do a fantastic job and we’re always glad to support them.’

The hospice at home appeal offers support for people who choose to spend their last moments at home.

In all £1m is needed to fund the 18-month pilot, which was launched last September and has already had 150 referrals.

Ian Young, chairman of the trustees of the hospice, said: ‘Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Perkins.

‘Through this raffle, we raised £30,000 for Dorothy’s Dream and the total now stands at £824,000.

‘We’d like to thank Richmond Citroen for its very generous donation.’

Dealer principal at the firm Howard Prime said: ‘We were delighted to support the hospice and want to say thank you to all those who entered and donated money.’

To donate cash, or for more information, visit rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9225 0001.

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