A man who tragically lost his beloved wife to cancer has won a £ 1 million dream home – after buying a £ 10 lottery ticket in a charity draw.
Ian Garrick has heralded the great award as the ‘boost’ he needed ‘to keep going’.
The 56-year-old said he wanted to try his luck after seeing the Teenage Cancer Trust contest on Facebook, but said he “didn’t think about it” after he signed up.
The official added that the mansion award was the boost he needed to keep going and starting over after losing his wife, Julie, to breast cancer nearly five years ago.
The father of three described the hardships he and his sons – James, 30, Callum, 22, and Nathan, 19, – faced after the death of his wife, saying, “We’ve been basically in limbo, the house is fell around us.
“We just tried to keep each other together.
“If I’m honest, we needed some kind of boost to keep going.
“My dream when I entered the draw was to get out of here for a fresh start and it happened.”
Mr. Garrick, from Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, added: “I still can’t get around it, it’s a fresh start for me, a fresh start for my sons, leaving some bad memories behind and starting over.
“A new home, new experience and new mindset for all of us is just what we need.”
The 3,000 m2 estate in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester, has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, large living areas and a state-of-the-art kitchen.
There is also a detached home office in the landscaped garden and a hot tub.
Mr. Garrick said, “I’m not saying money is a cure for all problems, but it will make life’s challenges positive.
“Everyone is over the moon for me, I’ve gotten messages from my good friends and colleagues saying ‘it couldn’t have happened to a nicer man’.
“It makes me feel quite teary, every cancer charity has my full support.”
Hosted by Los Angeles-based fundraising company Omaze, the competition aims to raise £ 1 million for Teenage Cancer Trust over the next three years, with a further £ 1 million drawing to be announced in December.
James Oakes, senior vice president of Omaze in the UK, said: “By offering incredible prizes such as a million pounds home, we give people the chance to win, while also introducing charities to donors where they would otherwise would not have access to it.
“We are delighted that Ian was able to help a good cause that means a lot to him and can now enjoy this life-changing award in time for Christmas.”
Kate Collins, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust, said the pandemic cut the charity’s income by a third, with a deficit of about £ 6 million a year.
She said: “Earlier this year we made a call to raise money so that we can protect our ability to provide vital specialist nursing and support across the UK.
“The partnership with Omaze has been a vital way for us to complement that appeal, and we are delighted with the incredible outcome of the million pound draw.
“The money raised will ensure that our nurses and youth workers can continue to provide exceptional care to young people with cancer when they need us most.”