Mum wins new Mitsubishi Mirage in competition that raises £85,000 for charity
By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 13:00
A lucky mum-of-two has won a new Mitsubishi Mirage in a raffle that raised more than £85,000 for charity.
Sandra Paul, from Uckfield, won the supermini after entering the competition organised by Sense, a national charity that supports children and adults who are both deaf and blind. She bought her winning ticket for £1 at the Sense charity shop in Uckfield High Street, East Sussex.
Collecting the prize from her local Mitsubishi dealership, Grosvenor Garage Mitsubishi in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sandra said: ‘I bought the ticket and then the next thing I knew they phoned me to say I had won the car. I couldn’t believe it. I have never had a brand-new car before, they’ve always been second or third hand, so this is amazing. I think it’s an absolutely beautiful car. I only bought one ticket so it’s just incredible.’
Sense, which has 90 shops across the UK, sold more than 69,000 tickets for the Mitsubishi Mirage, which combines great styling, excellent fuel economy and real-life practicality. A number of people donated more than the price of the raffle ticket, taking the total to more than £85,000. There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK. Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them.
The charity was founded by families of deafblind children in 1955 and the Mitsubishi Mirage was the prize for Sense’s 60th Birthday Raffle.
Kris Murali, Group Director of Finance & Resources at Sense, said: ‘Many thanks to Mitsubishi Motors UK for their generous support and congratulations to Sandra, the lucky winner! The money raised for Sense from the raffle will help us support people with sight and hearing impairments live active and full lives and enjoy some of the things most people take for granted. This demonstrates the great partnership between charities and the private sector working together for a great cause.’
Sense was the charity of the year for the 2015 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and raised £30,000 at the prestigious event in May.