Three years ago our next door neighbour Dunstan Low awarded his house as the prize in a similar Prize Draw competition and we were very impressed by the whole concept. It seemed a brilliant idea: sell your house, raise money for charity and change someone’s life forever! How many chances do any of us get to do that for someone? So we made up our minds that when the time came for us to move, we would do the same thing. We would like to point out that unlike many other “House competitions” that we have seen, we have not tried to sell the house in the “normal” way and then switched to this method as a “last resort”. It has always been our intention to use the sale of our house to benefit the maximum number of people.
Julie has been as a key worker for the NHS for most of her working life, and has continued to work throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, so we wanted to support her colleagues, near and far, during these difficult times. Also, our nearest Hospice has suffered heavily in terms of falling donations during the pandemic and we wanted to make up some of their lost revenue.
Although we love the house – and have spent over 10 years restoring it – common sense tells us it is time to downsize. Both our boys have left home and it is a big house for two people! Also, until now we have carried out almost all the maintenance ourselves and although the house doesn’t require much upkeep at all, Julie is still working in the NHS 4 days a week and Guy is 66 and needs a new hip, so with “head ruling heart” we have decided it is time to find something smaller.