The Forever Friends Appeal is very excited to announce the winner for their annual Christmas Draw 2014. A Brand New 2014 Kia Picanto was the star prize for the draw to help encourage the general public to purchase tickets and raise funds for their RUH Cancer Care Campaign.
Mr Hywell Thomas of Bath had a rather big surprise when contacted by The Forever Friends Appeal to announce he was the winner of the brand new car which had been kindly provided by local dealership, Allen Kia Bath.
As a supporter of the Royal United Hospital, Mr Hywell had received 2 books of tickets from The Forever Friends Appeal as part of their annual raffle mailing.
Mr Hywell says: “I intended to take the 2 books of tickets to a club I attend and sale them, but I forgot and with time running out before the draw I just purchased the books myself not expecting to win. I always try to support the Hospital, but was shocked when I received a phone call to say I was the lucky winner of such a great prize.”
Mr Hywell continues “As I do not drive, the car is something of an early Christmas present for my wife”
Richard Gyde, Finance Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal says “We would like to congratulate Mr and Mrs Hywell on winning the car, but also wish to thank the generosity of Allen Kia for providing such a fantastic 1st prize again for this years raffle, and the many other supporters who generiously donated some great prizes. Each year we continue to be amazed by the generosity of every person who purchases our raffle tickets and our dedicated volunteers who help sell them day in, day out for 4 weeks.”
Mr Gyde continues “Tickets were bought by patients, visitors, staff at the RUH, together with the loyal supporters of The Forever Friends Appeal, customers of Allen Kia Bath and members of the public raising just under £20,000 with the proceeds going towards building an exceptional new Cancer Centre at the RUH. Supporters who didn’t get the chance to take part in the raffle can still help make a real difference at the RUH by taking part in one of our many events or making a donation”.
Andrew Muffet, Brand Manager at Allen Kia Bath, commented “The Forever Friends Appeal is a fantastic local charity, providing outstanding, fundraising work for the benefit of the Royal United Hospital its patients and their families. Helping to provide a car for their Grand Draw this year was the least we could do. We hope the winner Mr & Mrs Howell enjoy their Picanto!”
A full list of winners can be found here