A LOTTERY win made them millionaires–but Sheffield’s golden couple have always enjoyed riches of a more important kind.
Ray and Barbara Wragg are celebrating 50 years of happy married life, typically marking the occasion with a party for 150 close friends and family.
Their lives were changed forever 11 years ago when they scooped a £7.6 million Lottery jackpot.
But they won the hearts of their home city when they gave the majority–more than £6 million–to relatives, friends and a variety of good causes.
And old habits die hard.
The couple’s golden wedding anniversary party at South Yorkshire Police’s Niagara Club at Wadsley may have been a great night out–but they also used the occasion to raise more than £1,100 for three of their favourite charities.
As a result the Children’s Hospital, the Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit and Help For Heroes will all have a few hundred pounds more in their coffers.
Born and bred in the Park and Shalesmoor areas of the city, the couple were brought together through Ray’s job.
“I had a job as a roofer and I was sent to repair some slates which were loose on the roof of the Harper and Schofield company in Neepsend,” Ray said.
“As it turned out we were both working for the same concern. Barbara was working in her office and I could see her through the window as I worked,.
“And I liked what I saw! I asked her out and we never looked back after that.”
Ray said the couple had enjoyed a happy half century together – and that money had made no difference to the quality of their marriage.
Ray said: “We were happy living on the Jordanthorpe estate back then with our three lovely children, Mark, Shaun and Amanda. Now we have seven grandchildren too.”
Many things did change of course back in 2000–the couple soon upped sticks and are now happily settled across the city in Whirlow.
Ray, now 73, was able to retire from his job as a contract supervisor with a local roofing company, while Barbara, 70, quit her job as a nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
He said: “We’ve had a fantastic time together, we’ve enjoyed every second.”