A Thirsk man is celebrating after winning a brand-new car as part of a charitable initiative that raised more than £28,000 for a local hospital charity.
Andy Billany from Thirsk won the Peugeot 208, which was supplied by Simon Bailes Peugeot, in a raffle to raise funds for the Friends of the Friarage – a charity that supports Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital, part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Andy’s luck came in at the recent Barn That Rocks live music fundraiser when his ticket was drawn by Peter Wright, presenter of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet. The Barn That Rocks is an annual event organised by Peter Fall and hosted at Grazing Nook Farm near Patrick Brompton. This year’s fundraiser, now in its ninth year, was a sell-out, attracting 800 people.
Andy bought the winning raffle ticket while attending the Northallerton 10k where the car was on show, as part of the event’s day of fundraising for another Northallerton-based cause, the Pendragon Community Trust, which supports a specialist multi-sensory centre.
He said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced, which was a complete shock. I am thrilled with my new Peugeot 208 and to win it was the icing on the cake, following a nice day out at the Northallerton 10k.”
Donna Jermyn, chair of the Friends of the Friarage, said: “I would like to thank everybody involved in organising the raffle, the generosity of local businesses, those who contributed raffle prizes and everybody who purchased tickets.
“The money raised will go to the Friends of the Friarage and will be spent at the Friarage Hospital for the benefit of the people of Northallerton and the surrounding area.
“We will make further announcements as to how the money is going to be spent. We have been amazed by people getting involved in raising money, and we are looking at further projects to connect local people with their hospital.”
Lucy Tulloch, services manager for the Friarage Hospital, said: “We are so fortunate the support of the Friends of the Friarage enables us to enhance services and the experience of patients and visitors to our hospital.
“It’s a wonderful testament to their hard work and commitment that they have again worked in partnership with local businesses and the local community to raise such an outstanding amount of money.”
Simon Bailes, CEO of Simon Bailes Peugeot, said: “I would like to congratulate Andy on winning the raffle and wish him many years of motoring pleasure with his brand-new Peugeot 208. We have been longstanding supporters of both the Friends of the Friarage and Pendragon Community Trust, which are both fantastic community causes. I am looking forward to supporting them and their associated events in the future.”