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£1.25m Dream Home Prize Draw supports local hospices

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A new Dream Home Prize Draw has launched this week, offering people the chance to win a four-bedroom house by the sea worth over £1million, while also supporting two hospices in Sussex. With tickets priced at just £2, the winner could walk away with the mortgage-free property in a few weeks’ time.

Earlier this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, St Barnabas House hospice and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex launched a Crisis Appeal, asking the community for support to ensure they can continue providing care for adults, children and families. This caught the eye of local man, Peter Pearce, who is now running a Dream Home Prize Draw, offering people the chance to win ‘Painter’s Keep’ – his £1.25m home by the sea in West Sussex – for just £2 per ticket, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House.

As well as both hospices being local to Peter, he has also experienced first-hand the work of St Barnabas House, after his father passed away at the hospice 12 years ago.

Peter explains:

“St Barnabas is an important place to my mother, sister and I, and a cause very close to our hearts as they did such a wonderful job caring for my father at the end of his life. But I am also aware of the vital role Chestnut Tree House plays for children with life-shortening conditions and their families, which is why I wanted to support both hospices. They rely heavily on community support, through donations and fundraising, and COVID-19 has had a huge impact on their fundraising income.

“The concept of the prize draw is simple – as long as a certain number of tickets are sold, someone will win the house! Tickets are only available for a limited time as I want the winner to be able to move in as soon as possible to make the most of the house, and in turn, I can make the donation to the hospices.”

Amy Hart

Love Island’s Amy Hart helps to champion local charities

Last summer, she was on our screens in the Love Island villa. Fast forward 12 months and Worthing girl, Amy Hart, is showing her love for her local hospices, St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House. After undertaking a 23-mile walk in May, raising £2,000 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, Amy is now helping to spread the word about the Dream Home Prize Draw initiative, which is offering people the chance to win a £1.25m home, with 10% of the proceeds going to the hospices she supports.

Located near East Preston in West Sussex, just a stone’s throw from the beach, ‘Painter’s Keep’ is on the private Kingston Gorse marine estate, where property prices range from £1m to £3m. Peter has owned the property for 20 years and undertook an extensive 12-month refurbishment on the house in 2018. Peter sees this prize draw initiative as a way for him to move on while potentially changing someone’s life with a new home, and giving something back to his local hospices at the same time.

Sarah Colbourne, Head of Fundraising at St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House said:

“When the coronavirus crisis struck, our monthly fundraising income plummeted by 70% due to events being cancelled and the closure of our shops. Although constraints are easing and we have been overwhelmed by the support from our local community, we still need help to make up the shortfall.

“Local hospice care simply wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community, and we are incredibly grateful for Peter’s support with this initiative. This is the first time someone has offered to support us by running a prize draw with their house! Thank you to everyone for their support – without you, we wouldn’t be able to continue to care for adults, children and families when they need it most.”

Tickets for the Dream Home Prize Draw are available from Monday 20 July until 11:59pm on Monday 31 August 2020. Find out more and buy tickets at www.dreamhomeprizedraw.com

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