Woman wins home for £16 after couple raffle their house to raise money for charity


Adam Thwaites and his wife Liz raffled their home to raise cash for Grace House, specifically to enable the charity to buy a wheelchair-accessible swing for children with disabilities

Adam and Liz Thwaites
Adam and Liz Thwaites

A woman has won a family home for the low price of £16 after a couple raffled off their house to raise cash for charity.

Adam Thwaites and his wife Liz chose to put their three-bedroom home into a raffle for £1 per ticket.

The couple wanted to raise money for Grace House to allow the organisation to buy a wheelchair-accessible swing, which cost £13,000.

Speaking to ChronicleLive last year, Adam said: “We always planned on selling our home this year. We want to move closer to family, work, and Emily’s nursery.

“Over the last couple of years though, we’ve been following other property competitions, and something about it made us fall in love with the idea.

Adam and Liz Thwaites raffled-off their home
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“What’s more, there were loads of people who were using the opportunity to raise money for charities that meant something to them.

“Liz works at Grace House, a charity providing short breaks for disabled children and I was talking to the Registered Manager one day about their need for a wheelchair-accessible swing.

“Emily loves the swings in the park so much it made me feel sad that not everyone had the opportunity to have a go on them.

“We did a bit of Googling and saw these swings are around £13,000.

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“Obviously, I put two and two together and Liz and I decided that we should go for it and try to raffle off our home, enabling us to move, letting someone win an amazing prize in time for Christmas and also raising funds for Grace House.”

Thousands participated in the raffle and 86,108 tickets were issued as the competition came to a close.

Adam and Liz fell short of their 200,000 ticket goal, but they managed to raise enough to both give away their home while still raising the first £3,000 towards the sought after swing for Grace House.

Adam told ChronicleLive : “We were able to give away our home as the prize after 86,108 tickets were issued, far short of our initial goal but this has helped us to raise the first £3,000 for the swing for Grace House.

The couple wanted to raise cash for Grace House
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“We’ve now set up a fundraising page with the help of Laura Forbes (Corporate Fundraiser at Grace House) to try to raise some further funds to help buy the swing.

“If anyone would like to make a donation they can do so here.”

The competition closed on Christmas Eve and a woman was revealed as the winner of their home.

Georgie Robinson, 27, who lives in Carlisle put her name in the hat by buying 16 tickets for a pound per piece.

Georgie Robinson (L) receiving the keys to her new home from Adam Thwaites, his wife Liz and their daughter
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She was overwhelmed with emotion after receiving an email to tell her she had won the competition.

Georgie said: “It was a shock, you just don’t imagine that you’re going to win do you? Everyone hopes but you never think that it’s going to happen.

“I bought 16 tickets – I put some on when the raffle first came out, then a month later I thought ‘I’ll just put on a few more.’

“When I found out I’d won, I was in that much shock…I was supposed to wrap presents after too!”

Working in the Navy while trying to save for a house with her partner has proved difficult for Georgie, especially with travelling expenses.

And she says that winning the house outright, where she can live mortgage-free has changed her life for the better.

She is now in process of relocating and transferring ownership and is excited to start her new life on the Northeast coast.

Her father also lives nearby and will help her settle in.

Georgie added: “Winning has been a massive help, I’m in the Navy and I pay a lot travelling around back and forth from home, and it’s just been really hard to save – so this is life-changing really.”

Adam added: “We are in the process of transferring the ownership of our property to Georgie now and she is coming to visit us on Thursday evening and to look around in person.

“Georgie said that when we called her to tell her she had won our home, that ‘the shock came over’ and that she couldn’t think straight.

“She had planned on wrapping presents that night but had to go straight to bed to let the good news sink in and get over the shock of what had happened.

“She also asked us not to stress about finding somewhere new to live quickly as she’s not going to kick us out.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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