PAUL Morton didn’t enter the Rowans Hospice raffle thinking he would love to win a car.
He entered because it was a way of supporting an organisation that had looked after his father during the last months of his life.
But whatever his motivation, the 47-year-old from Copnor has been left ‘shellshocked’ after winning this year’s raffle prize of a Citroen C1, donated by Richmond Citroen in Portsmouth.
Pulling his new car over to speak to The News last night, he said: ‘I’m just over the moon, it was absolutely wonderful to win.
‘It was a bit of a shock to win and I originally thought it was a wind-up – nothing like this has ever happened to me. ‘
Mr Morton will now be selling his motorbike and instead be cruising around in his new car.
He said he would be buying a raffle ticket next year, adding: ‘I support The Rowans Hospice any way I can, not just buying raffle tickets but putting money in the collecting tin too.’
The raffle has given the hospice more fuel for its funds to provide palliative care for cancer patients at its base in Purbrook.
This year’s raffle raised more than £27,000.
The raffle was made possible after Michael Nobes, who runs Richmond Citroen in Portsmouth, donated a C1 model car for the second time.
The hospice’s Amanda Mahoney said: ‘What that means is that every single pound that was spent on raffle tickets has come straight to the hospice to pay for its services.
‘We’re hopeful the raffle will be run again next year and we’d like to thank Richmond Citroen for donating the car.’
The raffle has helped the hospice’s fundraising get into overdrive.
It costs the charity £4.8m to pay for its building and its services each year.
It only gets around £750,000 of state funding – the rest it has to raise locally.
‘We do this through various fundraising activities like other raffles, or inheritance,’ said Amanda.
‘Our shops also bring in about £400,000 for the hospice.’
Last year, the car raffle raised £30,385 for Dorothy’s Dream, The Rowans Hospice at Home Appeal.