Garioch Woman wins car in charity raffle

A North-east woman has struck lucky for the second time in a charity raffle, scooping the top prize of a shiny new Mini First.

CLAN Cancer Support and the Rotary ensured 2012 got off to a fantastic start for Heather Lovie, 50, from Kintore, after her name was selected from the 57,000 tickets sold during 2011. Monies raised from the raffle will be split between CLAN Cancer Support and the Rotarys chosen charities.

This was the second time that Heather had driven away in a new car, having previously won a Mini Metro in a charity raffle some 20 years ago.

Heather was delighted when she received the news, having purchased £5 worth of tickets in the run up to Christmas.

She said: “I am always very keen to support local charities which carry out such great work in our local community. CLAN is very close to my heart as the charity’s Haven facility has provided a great deal of care, comfort and support to my niece during the past few years. She always speaks extremely highly of the work of those within the charity and I am always keen to do whatever I can to ensure the charity can continue to carry out its valuable work.

“I saw the car while doing some Christmas shopping in the Bon Accord Centre in Aberdeen but I never thought I would be lucky enough to hold the winning ticket. To win a big prize, like a car, is just amazing, but to win one twice in your life is so unexpected.”

Susan Crighton, fundraising manager at CLAN Cancer Support, was delighted to personally present Heather with her prize.

She said: “When Heather told me she had won a car previously I couldn’t believe her luck. We wish her and her family many happy miles of motoring.

“The support we have received over the course of the year, taking the Mini to numerous community events throughout the North-east, has been fantastic. We have been extremely lucky to have the continued support of TAQA Bratani, which for something as important as the Mini raffle means a great deal to us.”

Alan Pirie, assistant governor of Area 4 Rotary District 1010, said: “CLAN was supported by the members of 21 Rotary Clubs in the North-east and we were very pleased to link up once again with such a high profile, local, charity as CLAN.

“However this would not have been possible without the help and support given by the Bon Accord Centre management team and in particular Alison Light and Ken Venters who liaised with Rotarians throughout their 43 day stint selling tickets in the Centre.

“Our congratulations go to Heather who coincidentally bought her tickets on the very day when the Kintore Rotary Club happened to be on duty.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which offers support to anyone affected by cancer. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN is also developing services in the community and now has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Orkney and Shetland.

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