Learner Josh behind wheel of new Mini

Andrew Joshua Wright, Ballyhannon, Portadown was the lucky winner of the brand new Mini in the 2014 Southern Area Hospice Draw and he's pictured with from left: Hal McCready, his grandfather who bought him the winning ticket; Gary Bridge, David Prentice Mini;  Peter Murray, Buttercrane Shopping Centre; Claire Murphy, Autoline Insurance Group and Josephine Keenan, Southern Area Hospice. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Andrew Joshua Wright, Ballyhannon, Portadown was the lucky winner of the brand new Mini in the 2014 Southern Area Hospice Draw and he's pictured with from left: Hal McCready, his grandfather who bought him the winning ticket; Gary Bridge, David Prentice Mini; Peter Murray, Buttercrane Shopping Centre; Claire Murphy, Autoline Insurance Group and Josephine Keenan, Southern Area Hospice. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
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A Portadown teenager who is preparing to sit his full driving test is looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a brand new Mini.

Josh Wright (17), who lives in Ballyhannon, won this year’s ‘Win a Mini’ Car Campaign from Southern Area Hospice and is the proud owner of a Mini ‘One’ Hatch in Volcanic Orange, which will be fully insured for a year.

Speaking after receiving his Mini, Josh said he thought the telephone call he received from hospice staff telling he had won was a wind-up.

However he later realised how true it was when friends started posting on his Facebook page to congratulate him.

Lisa Mulkerns of Southern Area Hospice Services said, “Josh is a worthy winner indeed and we are delighted for him, a lovely young person who is currently preparing to sit his driving test. His grandparents bought him the ticket and what a lovely surprise it turned out to be. Everyone at Southern Area Hospice is thrilled that the Mini is going to a good home.”

Being a careful young driver, Josh has also opted to use the ‘Autoline Road Safe Reward App’ a smartphone app currently being used by hundreds of young drivers across Northern Ireland, which helps to make them better and more aware of their driving behaviour by coaching them to improve their driving score, thus in turn reducing their insurance premium.

The hospice competition is run in association with Prentice MINI Portadown, Autoline Insurance Group and Buttercrane Shopping Centre in Newry.

The draw was made at Buttercrane Shopping Centre and there was excitement and anticipation in the air as the winning ticket was drawn by the Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne Brian Quinn.

Judi McClelland from David Prentice MINI, Claire Murphy from Autoline Insurance Group and Peter Murray from Buttercrane Shopping Centre added their congratulations to Josh and wished him many happy years of driving in the Mini.

Southern Area Hospice thanked everyone who bought or sold tickets for the raffle and also the team of hospice volunteers. Southern Area Hospice Services have an annual fundraising target of £2.3 million, which equates to a staggering £6,301 per day.

With more local people than ever being diagnosed with cancer and turning to hospice for help the hospice are asking the public to continue to support campaigns, shops and events so they can continue to provide care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses. You can donate on www.southernareahospiceservices.org or text SAHS25 £5 to 70070.