A FACTORY worker couldn’t believe her luck after she drove home in a new sports car.
Karen Jones, 47, won a smart new Mazda 2 1.3 TS worth almost £10,000 at the Claire House children’s hospice grand car draw.
She said: “Words can’t describe how I feel – my current car is like a shed and costing a fortune to run.”
Joining in the celebrations, which took place alongside a special screening of the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, was Granada TV presenter and hospice supporter Andy Bonner who drew the lucky ticket.
The proceeds will support ongoing nursing care at Claire House and the new Hospice to Home centre which will soon be operating in Liverpool.
The car was donated by the Mitchell Group, Stanney Mill Lane, Cheshire Oaks.
Managing director Mark Mitchell said: “My team and I count it a huge privilege to have been involved in this campaign over the past six months – the fundraising team at Claire House, together with many other hospice supporters from across the Wirral and beyond, have really got behind the idea.
“As Claire House gears up for its 10th anniversary, we hope this signals the start of a continued partnership for us and that it will encourage other local businesses to climb aboard.
“For our winner, Karen, this marks the next chapter in her motoring career as she drives away, ‘shaken but not stirred’ behind the wheel of her new Mazda 2, the World Car of the Year 2008.”
Hospice chief executive Karen Wright said: ‘We are so grateful to the Mitchell Mazda Group for donating the car and it was a great opportunity for us to work with a leading dealership.
“The partnership has been a great success and helped by phenomenal volunteer effort in terms of selling tickets – little did any of us think it would achieve £45,000 in just six months.”