IT WAS a Christmas to remember for a lucky Ribble Valley woman who won a brand new car after buying a ticket in a charity raffle.
Mrs Helen Waggett, of Whalley, whose late mother always gave an annual donation to the old Blackburn Orphanage, won the Fiat Punto Evo in a raffle organised by Child Action Northwest.
Mrs Waggett bought one £2 ticket when she visited the Heritage Open Day in Wilpshire in September last year and she was thrilled to bits when she discovered she was the lucky winner.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it. I’ve only ever won a box of chocolates before!” She added: “It was the best Christmas ever. The winning ticket was drawn on December 21st and I received a phone call to tell me that I had won. I was absolutely over the moon.”
Mrs Waggett, who currently drives a Ford Focus, added: “My mum lost her own mother when she was very young and so I think she had empathy with the charity.
“She used to ask me to take her in the car once a year. I would drop her off at the door to go in and give her gift, but I had never actually been through the doors myself until the Open Day.
“It was fascinating to hear how the charity began working with Victorian orphans and 120 years later is still working with children in need today.”
Harriet Roberts, fund-raising manager for Child Action Northwest said: “After the government cuts in April the charity set up its first fund-raising department and we have been overwhelmed by the response from the people of the Ribble Valley, in particularly who have supported our events, bought tickets in the raffle and many people in the area have joined us as volunteers.
“In total we have raised over £200,000 so far, but we still need help in order to continue to provide services to local children and young people in need.”