How £1 netted Margaret brand new Peugeot

Portadown woman Margaret Borsey receives the keys for her new car.
Portadown woman Margaret Borsey receives the keys for her new car.

Portadown woman Margaret Borsey is the proud owner of a brand new Peugeot – which cost her just a £1 coin!

And she didn’t even have to trade in her eight-year-old Toyota as part of the deal, for Mrs Borsey won the Christmas Draw organised by Craigavon Cardiac Care Association (CCCA). Her name was drawn out of the barrel pre-Christmas by Mayor Colin McCusker, with the car being the premier prize of 36.

The Toyota has been sold on. The original prize was a two-door red Peugeot. But Mrs Borsey and her husband Jim – being proud grandparents – run their grandchildren two and from school. So they upgraded to a latest model four-door “for a few extra pounds” – it was delivered this week.

Said Mrs Borsey, “I’ve never won a competition in my life, so a brand new car is a good way to start. Jim and I thought it was a wind-up when Rodney Wiggins, the CCCA publicity officer, whom we know well, rang to tell us I had won.”

The sum of £16,000 was realised by the hard-working ticket sellers, with the Craigavon Area Hospital foyer, Portadown Health Centre and various supermarkets in Portadown, Lurgan and Armagh the sales centres.

“A lot of people worked very hard to make it a success,” said Rodney. “This is our main fund-raising effort and it goes towards research, equipment and patient care.”

The rest of the prizes, provided by sponsors, ranged from £300 vouchers to meals for two, grocery vouchers to Christmas hampers. Local winners were: John Matchett, Lorna Gillespie, John Toal, Paul Ferguson, Martin Knox, Miss O’Hara, May Maguire, Anne McNally, L. Weatherup, G. Boyd, Flynn McCaffrey, Cindy McCarry, May Simpson, Paul Glasgow, John Hobson, Patricia Evans, John Toal, David Wiggins, Portadown; W.McIlveen, Barbara Gale.