Hospice Mini mania for draw winner

Marie McCann (Mini winner), Seamus McCann (Marie's husband), Mark McKelvey (Prentice MINI), Suzanne Curtis (Autoline Insurance), John Gildea (Buttercrane  S.C.), & Lisa Mulkerns (Southern Area Hospice). Photograph: Columba O'Hare.
Marie McCann (Mini winner), Seamus McCann (Marie's husband), Mark McKelvey (Prentice MINI), Suzanne Curtis (Autoline Insurance), John Gildea (Buttercrane S.C.), & Lisa Mulkerns (Southern Area Hospice). Photograph: Columba O'Hare.

Local lady Marie McCann was the lucky winner of this year’s ‘Win a Mini’ Car Campaign from Southern Area Hospice, in Association with David Prentice MINI, Autoline Insurance Group and Buttercrane Shopping Centre.

A large crowd gathered in Buttercrane for the raffle and there was excitement and anticipation in the air as the winning ticket was drawn by the Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down Council Cllr. Naomi Bailie.

Marie has won a fabulous Mini Hatch in Electric Blue complete with chequered roof and bonnet stripes, fully insured by Autoline Insurance Group for one year! Speaking after receiving her new car Marie reported how delighted she was when she received the good news, it’s a trip down memory lane for Marie as her first ever car was a blue Mini.

Lisa Mulkerns of Southern Area Hospice Services commented “We are delighted to hand over the Hospice Mini to Marie, she is a lovely lady and

a worthy winner and the car suits her perfectly! Everyone at Southern Area Hospice is thrilled that the Mini is going to a good home!”

Mark McKelvey from David Prentice MINI, Suzanne Curtis from Autoline Insurance Group and John Gildea from Buttercrane Shopping Centre added their congratulations to Marie and wished her many happy years of driving in the fabulous Mini.

Thank were passed to everyone who bought or sold tickets for theraffle and also to the team of wonderful Hospice volunteers who gave of their time to run the ticket sales desks throughout this campaign. Southern Area Hospice Services have an annual fundraising target of £2.38 million, this equates to a staggering £6,520 per day! With more local people than ever being diagnosed with cancer and turning to Hospice for help they are asking the public to continue supporting the charity so they can continue to provide care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses. You can also donate online via Just Giving link on www.southernareahospiceservices.org or text SAHS25 £5 to 70070.