A heartbroken man who tragically lost his wife to cancer has won a £1 million house, after entering a charity draw for a tenner.
Ian Garrick finally has a 'new start' after being left devastated by the death of his beloved wife.
The 56-year-old described the prize as the 'boost' he needed 'to carry on'.
The dad-of-three spotted the competition on Facebook for the charity Teenage Cancer Trust, however once he entered he did not think much of it, he says.
He said the mansion prize was the boost he needed to carry on and start afresh after losing his wife, Julie, to breast cancer nearly five years ago.
The dad-of-three described the hardship he and his sons – James, 30, Callum, 22, and Nathan, 19, – faced following the death of his wife, saying: "We’ve basically been in limbo, the house has been falling down around us.
“We’ve just been trying to hold each other together.
“If I’m honest, we needed some sort of boost to carry on.
“My dream when entering the draw was to get away from here for a fresh start and it’s happened."
Mr Garrick, from Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, added: “I still can’t get my head around it, it’s a new start for me, a new start for my sons, leaving some of the bad memories behind and starting again.
“A new house, new experience and a new train of thought for us all is exactly what we need.”
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The 3,000 sq ft property in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester, has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, large living areas and a state-of-the-art kitchen.
There's also a standalone home office in the landscaped garden and a hot tub, reports Berkshire Live.
Mr Garrick said: “I’m not saying money is a cure for all problems but it will make life’s challenges positive ones.
“Everyone is over the moon for me, I’ve had messages from my close friends and colleagues saying ‘it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy’.
“I feel quite teary about it all, any cancer charity has my full support.”
The competition, which is run by Los Angeles-based fundraising company Omaze, aims to raise £1 million for Teenage Cancer Trust over the next three years, with another million-pound house draw to be announced in December.
James Oakes, senior vice president of Omaze in the UK, said: “By offering incredible prizes like a million pound home, we’re giving people the chance to win, while also introducing charities to donors they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
“We’re thrilled that Ian got to help out a charity that means a lot to him and can now enjoy this life-changing prize in time for Christmas.”
Kate Collins, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said the pandemic has slashed the charity’s income by a third, with a shortfall of around £6 million a year.
She said: “Earlier this year we launched an emergency fundraising appeal so we can protect our ability to provide vital specialist nursing and support across the UK.
“Partnering with Omaze has been a vital way for us to complement that appeal, and we’re delighted by the incredible outcome of the million pound house draw.
“The funds raised will help ensure our nurses and youth workers can continue providing exceptional care to young people with cancer when they need us the most.”
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