Mini digger raffle raises over £20,000 for charity

Chris O’Hara (left) with Nigel Long of Butler Reynolds

MORE than £20,000 has been raised for charity in a raffle to win a mini excavator.

Derby-based Bobcat dealer, Butler Reynolds, has announced the winner of the company’s charity raffle for a Bobcat E10z one tonne mini is Chris O’Hara of Trent Bridge Construction.

The firm confirmed the company beat its target of raising £20,000 for children’s charity, When You Wish Upon a Star, which has granted more than 17,5000 wishes across the UK.

With a civil engineering and construction business based in Nottingham, Chris O’Hara has been trading in the Midlands for over 25 years. After hearing about the Butler Reynolds raffle and the charity involved, he made contact with Nigel Long, one of the directors at Butler Reynolds, to purchase tickets.

“It’s really good timing that I have won this as I have quite a lot of work coming up for this machine,” he commented. “I feel great to be the lucky winner – I have always found the Bobcat products to be a great asset to my business.”

Chris has generously decided to add another £1,000 to the charity fund.

Nigel Long said, “As we said before the raffle took place, the Wishes charity was one that my fellow director, Heather Tormey and I had been aware of for some time now. Both Heather and I were really pleased to hand over a cheque for £20,400 to Alexa Wigfield, regional fundraiser at When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Alexa Wigfield added, “Congratulations to Butler Reynolds on running a brilliant event and to the winner, Chris O’Hara and all the winners of the runners-up prizes. Thanks to everybody who entered the raffle – to receive these donations from Butler Reynolds and Chris will help us to continue granting magical Wishes. All children have Wishes but for these children and their families that Wish is so precious. Each Wish brings with it the opportunity to look forward to something very special, to forget about their often painful treatments and to simply be a child for the day, creating special treasured memories.”

The five winners of the second prizes of Bobcat jackets were: Wayne Smith (Derbyshire Diggers); James Bruton (J E Builders); Dave Moore (Richmond); Tony Hall (Pegasus); and Jordan Darrall (JD Contractors). Due to the high level of entries, Butler Reynolds also increased to 15 the number of third place prizes of Bobcat scale models.