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Fiesta time for Collier Row pensioner

A pensioner from Collier Row has picked up the keys to a brand new Ford Fiesta after buying a £1 ticket in the hospice raffle.
A pensioner from Collier Row has picked up the keys to a brand new Ford Fiesta after buying a £1 ticket in a local hospice raffle. 

81-year-old Mary White was presented with her shiny new red car at the TrustFord showroom in Ripple Road, Dagenham by BBC TV'sThe Apprentice star Dan Lassman, (pictured below with hospice mascot Frankie the Lion) who now hosts a weekly Saturday lunchtime show on Time 107.5. 

Mary explained why she bought a ticket in the Saint Francis Hospice winter raffle: "I knew a lady called Mary in Collier Row and she went in to the hospice and her husband said that they provided wonderful care and so my partner Brian and I have always supported the hospice by buying raffle tickets and going to their shops." 

"I've never won anything in my life before, unless you count a teddy bear forty years ago!" laughed Mary. 

Daniel Lassman said: "I'm delighted to be here for a great cause. Such a nice woman won such a big prize for such a little stake." 

Paul Haylor the New Car Sales Manager at TrustFord said: "We were very pleased and privileged to be part of what the hospice is all about. This is the second time we have done this and hope to be able to do so again in the future." 

David Holmes, Acting Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Our winter raffle raised more than £77,000 for the care of local people affected by a life-limiting illness. We are so pleased that a long-term supporter of the hospice has won this lovely car. To everyone who didn't win this time around please buy a ticket for our next raffle that will be promoted this summer!" 
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