Chance to help Bradley Lowery Foundation and drive off with a brand new £17,000 Hyundai

People could drive away with a brand new £17,000 car and help local sick children in a new initiative to support charities hit by the pandemic.

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 7:00 am

Two of the North’s leading businessmen have come together to boost the region’s beleaguered charity sector in the Great Northern Raffle.

The raffle was launched in September by entrepreneur Jeremy Middleton CBE of Charity Escapes which sources top range prizes for local charities from businesses.

He hit upon the idea of a raffle after coronavirus wiped out all the charity galas and events that the prizes normally go to.

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From left: Lynn Murphy from the Bradley Lowery Foundation, Jeremy Middleton, Great Northern Raffle, and Shaun Howlett, Bristol Street Motors Hyundai Peterlee.

For its Christmas draw local car dealership Bristol Street Motors has donated a 70 plate Hyundai i10 N-Line worth £17,000.

The Bradley Lowery Foundation among the charities to benefit from proceeds of the raffle tickets.

Jeremy Middleton said: “We appealed for businesses to step up and support the Great Northern Raffle with prize donations and Bristol Street Motors has exceeded our expectations with this incredibly generous prize for our Christmas draw.

“The chance to win a car for Christmas and support some great good causes at a time when many are facing their biggest challenge to date in light of the Covid-19 pandemic is a potent combination and we hope the public will get behind the draw."

The Bradley Lowery Foundation, based in Blackhall, was set up in 2017 as a legacy to Bradley, six, who captured the heart of the nation with his brave fight against neuroblastoma cancer.

It supports other children who need it with fundraising.

Lynn Murphy, co-founder of the foundation, said: “Charities everywhere, many of which like the Bradley Lowery Foundation provide vital and lifesaving services to those most in need, have seen their fundraising efforts badly affected by the pandemic.

“The Great Northern Raffle is a fantastic initiative and we’re delighted to be able to collaborate with other amazing charities and offer this fantastic prize.”

Bristol Street Motors chief executive Robert Forrester added: “The company has many dealerships across the North of England and it’s important that we help and support local charities and good causes in the communities where we work.”

For every £5 donation the charity in question will get £4. To support the Bradley Lowery Foundation text BRADRAF to 70215.

Entries close on December 31 and winner announced on Monday, January 18.

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