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Young patient launches Grand Prize Draw for Glasgow charity with a MINI Electric up for grabs

GLASGOW Children’s Hospital Charity has launched its Grand Prize Draw, giving supporters the chance to win a brand new MINI Electric. 

The environmentally-friendly vehicle – worth over £29,000 – was donated by Arnold Clark, longstanding corporate supporters of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. 

Money raised through the initiative will help the Charity to fund crucial support services and enhancement projects at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children, including its Play Programme, family support services, and world-class medical equipment.

Ten-year-old patient Jack McConnachie from Ayr helped to unveil the electric MINI, which will go on tour to key locations around Glasgow and the West including major shopping centres, to raise awareness of the fundraising campaign. Jack, who was born with duodenal atresia and Down’s syndrome, spent the first 7 weeks of his life in the Neonatal Unit and has already undergone a total of 19 surgeries at both the former Yorkhill, and the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Jack’s mother, Jacqueline McConnachie, said:

“We’re delighted to help launch this fantastic initiative – it’s our family’s way of showing our appreciation for the work of the charity and the NHS teams who care for Jack so well. Hospital has played a big part in Jack’s life since he was born, and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity plays a large part in the work done at the children’s hospital. During many long and worrying stays, the charity has helped to make our time on the wards a little easier with their family support projects, and more enjoyable for Jack with their wonderful Play Programme and events.”

Young patient launches Grand Prize Draw for Glasgow charity with a MINI Electric up for grabs
Young patient Jack McConnachie (10, Ayr) receives support from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, along with Mum Jacqueline McConnachie

Kirsten Watson, Chief Executive, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said:

“We are incredibly grateful to Arnold Clark and the Clark family for their ongoing support and generosity. This generous donation of an electric MINI for our Grand Prize Draw will allow us to raise vital funds so that we can continue being there for children and families in hospital who rely on our charity-funded projects and support services. We’re looking forward to the first week of our roadshow at Braehead Shopping Centre with the help of our dedicated volunteers, and can’t wait to learn who the lucky winner will be of this sensational prize.”

Eddie Hawthorne, Chief Executive and Group Managing Director, Arnold Clark said:

“Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity do incredible work to ensure young people and their families receive the best possible care during some of the most difficult moments in their lives. We know how important fundraising is and how challenging it has become in recent times, so we’re delighted to donate this MINI Electric, which we hope will inspire people to enter the Grand Prize Draw as it tours around the West of Scotland.”

The Grand Prize Draw is the first in a series of events to mark Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s 20th Anniversary. Since 2001, the Charity has funded more than £39m of enhancements to support children in hospital, their families and the NHS teams who care for them across Glasgow and the West. 

Entrants can take part in the Grand Prize Draw online or by post. To enter the Grand Prize Draw or for more information, please visit: GlasgowChildrensHospitalCharity.org/GrandPrizeDraw or call 0141 212 8750.

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