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After receiving over 5,500 entries, the lucky winner of the Special Edition Mazda MX5 has been chosen and given the keys to their brand new luxury car, worth nearly £20,000.

The 20th Anniversary Mazda MX5 was kindly donated by Hodgson Motor Dealers, helping to raise £12,750 through £2 raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to our Newcastle based Children’s Charity.

The lucky winner, David Sarsfield from Baughurst, commented on his amazing 5500:1 win, “Originally from the North East, my wife and myself came for a visit in May to see Rod Stewart in concert. Whilst there I bought just two tickets for the Cash for Kids’ Mazda raffle, never expecting to actually win.

“Five months later, I was cooking a curry one Saturday night when the call came in from Dominic Munnelly from Metro Radio informing us of our fantastic win. We both thought it was a wind up, but the more we thought about it, the more it seemed real yet so unreal. I think I was in a state of shock until the keys were in my hand!

“It is a brilliant drive, no wonder the design has been going for 20 year. I love it!”

Steve Hodgson, Managing Director of Hodgson Car Dealers commented, “’Hodgsons is delighted to be supporting the NECCR this year. Every year we choose a different charity to back, however, the NECCR is a charity that, for me, has special significance. A youngster whom I coached rugby, was a patient on the Paediatric Oncology Unit at the RVI, where he underwent treatment. Therefore, as a regular to the ward, I witnessed first hand the fabulous support, dedication and commitment given by the staff. For me, there was no question as to which charity Hodgsons would be supporting in 2010.”

Professor Josef Vormoor, Sir James Spence Chair of Child Health at the RVI said, “We are overwhelmed at the response to the raffle and the fantastic amount raised. The £11,000 will greatly help us in our battle against childhood cancer, paying for research and development into the terrible condition, which is diagnosed in more than two young people in the North of England every week.”

The NECCR, based at Newcastle’s RVI, funds research into the causes of childhood cancer, in the hope of developing new treatments and thus increasing the number of children cured. The NECCR receives no government support and relies solely on donations.

To find out more about how you can help North of England Children’s Cancer Research visit the Get Involved section of this website.

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