Stewart is on his own charity drive

Stewart Preston receives the keys to his new car from Jermaine Beckford
Stewart Preston receives the keys to his new car from Jermaine Beckford
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‘Wheelie raffle’ winner Stewart Preston was presented with a brand new car by Preston North End striker Jermaine Beckford.

The Garstang man was handed the keys to a Citroen CI at Rigbye’s car showroom, in Eccleston.

Mr Preston had bought a raffle ticket for Legacy Rainbow House’s Christmas draw, which was run in conjunction with North End.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 PNE owner Trevor Hemmings.

And the club’s players decided to their bit for the worthy cause by donating a number of prizes for the draw.

Dubbed the ‘wheelie raffle’ because the prizes on offer also included a moped, bikes and a pram, it was Beckford who pulled out Preston’s ticket during a special ceremony at Deepdale before Christmas.

Mr Preston, who bought his ticket in the Invincibles Lounge, said: “I was absolutely amazed when I got the phone call to say I had won and thought it was a joke by one of my friends. But I am thrilled that it turned out to be real.”

The raffle raised more than £20,000 for Rainbow House, who receive no statutory funding and are reliant on community fundraising.

Chief executive officer Carole Cochrane said, “We are pleased that Stewart is delighted with the car and hope he has many happy miles of driving in it.

“The raffle was a huge success thanks to the PNE management and players, everyone who helped with the organisation and selling of the tickets and all those who bought tickets.”