28th Jun, 2022

Lottery winning couple launch Zoe's Place fundraising campaign

A FUNDRAISING campaign to raise vital funds for a Coventry baby hospice has been launched by two National Lottery winners.

Paul and Ginny Wood – who won £1million on the EuroMillions Millionaire Marker in July 2013 – first visited Zoe’s Place Hospice in Ash Green a couple of years ago with other Midlands’ Lottery winners.

Now the couple, who have five grandchildren, are holding a money-spinning raffle in aid of the hospice – with a children’s electric Batmobile made by 58-year-old Paul as the star prize.

Ginny said both herself and Paul were inspired by the job that staff and volunteers do at the hospice to make a difference to children’s lives.

The 52-year-old said: “As soon as we came home Paul and I vowed to do something for them, whether it was help with decorating, moving furniture or raising money.

“Paul loves making things and the Batmobile came about after he bought a second-hand mobility scooter and decided to transform it in aid of a good cause.

“Zoe’s Place was the obvious charity to support and we are very grateful to other local businesses which have got behind what we are doing.”

Other prizes in the raffle include a £60 meal voucher at the Ocean Indian Restaurant in Coventry, afternoon tea at the Jacobean Hotel, and a magnum of red wine.

Money raised will go towards the £1.3million needed each year by Zoe’s Place in order to provide the hospice’s services for free of charge to all families.

The hospice is the only facility of its kind in the midlands and is able to provide services for up to six babies and toddlers plus their families at any one time.

Jane McGaffney, fundraising officer at Zoe’s Place, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Paul and Ginny for the time and trouble they are taking to pull in funds for the work we do here.

“Without generous supporters like Paul and Ginny, raising enough funds each year simply wouldn’t be possible.”

The draw takes place at The Jacobean Hotel, Holyhead Road, Coventry CV5 8HX on Sunday, November 5, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £5 each, are available on the night.

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