A SOUTH Yorkshire dad who bought a raffle ticket to support the charity which helped him through the dark days of his late wife’s illness has told of his surprise and delight at being picked as the winner of a brand new car.
Ian Ralph, from Brecks, Rotherham, purchased the tickets as a way of donating to the Headway charity - a national organisation which works to improve life after brain injury.
The dad-of-two wanted to show his support as a thank you for their help when his wife Alison suffered a brain haemorrhage in June 2006.
Devastatingly, she died just four months later - but Ian said he would never forget the charity’s support.
He said: “I bought the tickets as a way of making a donation to Headway, which was a tremendous support to me when Alison suffered the brain haemorrhage.
“It left Alison with a severe brain injury and she couldn’t communicate. It was a very difficult time for me and the whole family. Not only was my wife desperately ill, but also I was trying to care for our two children, who were 12 and eight at the time, and make sense of all the forms that needed filling in.
“They helped me with all the legal issues but more importantly understood what I was going through. Sadly Alison passed away just four months after the haemorrhage but I will always be grateful for Headway’s support.”
Now Ian has been picked as the lucky winner in the raffle - landing him a brand new Vauxhall Corsa, donated by Bonnar and Company Solicitors, as his prize.
Ian said: “Winning a prize in the raffle was a thought that never entered my head.
“It’s amazing and I’m absolutely delighted.”
Ronnie Conway, partner in the personal injury law firm, said: “We know how devastating a brain injury can be.
“Ian and his family have obviously been through a very tough time and they deserve some good news.”