A PNE pot of gold for Rainbow House

Trevor Hemmings, Bailey Wright, Jermaine Beckford, Paul Gallagher, neil Kilkenny and Joe Garner conduct the Rainbow House Christmas draw

Trevor Hemmings, Bailey Wright, Jermaine Beckford, Paul Gallagher, neil Kilkenny and Joe Garner conduct the Rainbow House Christmas draw

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One lucky supporter of a children’s charity is going to have a ‘wheelie’ good Christmas after winning a brand new Citroen C1 car.

The person – whose identity has yet to be revealed – bought a raffle ticket for Legacy Rainbow House’s Christmas draw.

The charity – which specialises in the care of children and young people with acquired brain injuries and other complex medical problems – recently benefitted from a kind donation of £110,000 from Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings.

That cash enabled the charity to complete work on building a new hub in Mawdesley, which was opened by North End manager Simon Grayson and club captain Tom Clarke in September.

The rest of the squad were also in attendance at the grand opening and determined to maintain their links with the charity, the players vowed to donate prizes for a Christmas draw.

Dubbed the ‘wheelie raffle’ because the prizes on offer also included a moped, bikes and a pram, it was North End star striker Jermaine Beckford who pulled out the winning ticket at a special ceremony at Deepdale on Monday.

Fellow PNE players Joe Garner, Paul Gallagher, Neil Kilkenny and Bailey Wright drew out the other four lucky prizewinners

The draw has proven to be a huge success with thousands of tickets at £2 each sold and more than £18,000 has been raised for the charity.

“I am so delighted,” said Hemmings. “The conclusion of yesterday’s draw means the charity will walk away – after all costs – with £18,600, which is an enormous amount of money.

“It was a great gesture by the players. We know they get well paid, but not one of them hesitated in getting involved.

“This money is like the icing on the cake for the centre – they should have a good future.

“If anybody sees the videos which I have seen portraying the circumstances of the children at Rainbow House, it turns your tummy and to be able to help makes you feel good.”

PNE midfielder Paul Gallagher was honoured to be one of the players to take part in the raffle draw.

“The staff at Rainbow House do a phenomenal job,” he said.

“It was an eye opener to see the work that goes on and what they do.

“Preston’s a real family club and any time we get asked to do anything for charity or help people in the community, we are the first to put our hands up and show our support.”