The widower spent his life helping people with disabilities find homes
Grant Carson, a widower from Glasgow, has never won anything. Now, the Omaze Million Pound House Draw surprised him with a brand new country house, worth 2.5 million pounds. But the house isn’t the only prize the man received; he also got a hundred thousand pounds in cash. Which he plans to use to finally get a dog.
For 27 years, Grant Carson worked for a charity that helped disable people to find accessible housing. And now, right after he quit his job to become a freelance consultant, Carson has won a country house and a £100,000 cash prize. The man entered a raffle by Omaze, a fundraising company that organizes fundraising events, with £100 in ticket entries. The proceedings for the fundraiser go to Dogs Trust, a charity aimed at rescuing and rehoming dogs. The House Draw that got Carson his new home, raised £850,000 for the charity. Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust told the Manchester Evening News: “This innovative prize draw has raised an astonishing amount for Dogs Trust, and we’re so grateful to everyone who entered – the money raised will go towards our vital ongoing work to take care of dogs and find them their forever homes – which at the moment, sadly, so many are in need of.”
Fittingly, Carson wants to use his cash price to finally get a dog himself. The new-found home owner was diagnosed with a chronic case of arthritis at the age of seven. That is why he had not been able to get a dog before. But now, with his new cash prize, he will be able to afford a dog walker, and the house is the perfect environment for a dog to live and play. According to the Mirror, the house is surrounded by trees and beautiful scenery and the house itself has been renovated recently. Carson describes the win as a life changing event. He told the Manchester Evening News: “I love the Lake District, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country, I’m still pinching myself that I actually own a house here. I’m not sure what I’ll do long-term yet, but I’m going to move in for a while and enjoy it. Whatever I decide, it’s a truly life changing win for me.”
Carson isn’t sure yet whether he will sell the house, live in it or rent it out. Either way, the job will mean a change in Carson’s personal ánd professional career. He said: “…this win has given me a financial security I’d never dreamed of, which means I can focus on my new venture helping organisations to meet the needs of disabled customers, with a lot less pressure.”
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Source: Manchester Evening News, Mirror | Image: Unsplash, Eric Chen