After seeing just how much you need to earn to afford to buy a house, we don’t blame you for turning to raffles instead.
Leaving it all up to luck is starting to feel like the sensible thing, in a strange way.
There are a load of house raffles happening at the moment, but the latest one is pretty special, because it gives you the chance to win two homes in one go.
And both those homes are converted chapels, so they’ve got a lovely backstory.
Martin and Sue Stephenson are hoping to sell more than 330,000 tickets – going at £3 a pop – to raise enough money to buy another home and give £100,000 to charity.
They bought a 150-year-old former chapel in southern Snowdonia back in 2004, and spent almost two decades turning it into their dream home, splitting the property into two luxury houses.
They have decided to sell the homes now so they can move closer to their ageing parents in Yorkshire.
Martin’s father Ronald, 88, is also battling Alzheimer’s disease and his mum, Maureen, also 88, is struggling to look after him on her own.
The couple decided to raffle off the homes rather than selling them to give someone the chance to get on the property ladder without having to save a lot of money.
Plus, they’d really like to raise thousands for charity in the process.
Sue, 53, a former marketing consultant, said: ‘A few of years ago we put together a bucket list that included raising a large amount of money for charity.
‘Hopefully, the prize draw will help us tick that box, as well as creating a life-changing opportunity for someone, so it really is a win-win situation.’
So, let’s talk about what you’d be winning.
The property comprises two homes within the same chapel conversion – Chapel Jerusalem and Jerusalem Vestry.
They have a total of seven en-suite rooms and the prize comes with all furniture and contents, including a sauna, hot tub and grand piano.
The couple, originally from Yorkshire, say that by renting out both houses an annual income of £100,000 is possible.
They need to sell 330,000 tickets to make the plan viable, which they are confident they can achieve, resulting in a donation of at least £100,000 to Alzheimer’s Society.
Father-of-two Martin added: ‘We bought the property on a whim 14 years ago with no real plans for it, but it became a labour of love.
‘We lived in Shrewsbury for four years and rented the entire place out but a couple of years ago we moved into the vestry and just rented out the chapel.
‘It meant we could enjoy the area too as it really is spectacular – we couldn’t have been in a better place during the recent lockdown.
‘We want Alzheimer’s Society to benefit from the prize draw as it’s such a worthwhile cause. Dementia is a condition that affects so many people but doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
‘The worst thing about it is that you end up losing the person little by little before your very eyes – it’s a difficult thing to watch.
‘Raising money for Alzheimer’s Society is a perfect fit for us as I’ve also lost another two members of my family to dementia in the past two years.’
If you’d like to enter the prize draw, which ends on 11 December, visit winadreamproperty.co.uk.
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