Banchory woman in the driving seat after winning new motor

Corinne Blair receives the keys to her brand new car from TAQA's Mark Tandy and CLAN's Susan Crighton.
Corinne Blair receives the keys to her brand new car from TAQA's Mark Tandy and CLAN's Susan Crighton.

Christmas has come early this year for Banchory resident Corinne Blair, after she scooped a brand new car in an annual fundraiser.

Corinne is the lucky recipient of a brand new Mini First after her number was pulled out of a raffle that was drawn at CLAN Cancer Support’s Christmas Cracker event earlier this month.

The annual raffle forms a pivotal part of the charity’s fundraising campaign and this year saw over £18,000 raised thanks to the generosity of the north-east public and global energy company TAQA,

For Corinne, her festive celebrations have started in earnest after being told of her win the morning after the draw.

She said: “When Susan from CLAN phoned me up on the morning after the draw to tell me that I had won the car, I was in a state of shock – I really couldn’t believe that I had been so lucky to win.

“I bought my ticket earlier on this year at the ActivityMix corporate highland games in Hazlehead Park at which CLAN were exhibiting at and I really didn’t think anything else of it until I heard the wonderful news.

“My entire family are thrilled to bits, especially my 14 year-old twins who have told me to keep the car until they are old enough to drive!”

The win is also a reminder of her family’s own experiences with cancer, after her father Ted was given four months to live on New Year’s Eve in 2006 after secondary cancer in his spine was found after initially being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Now seven years on, Ted has recovered from his initial diagnosis and continues to go from strength-to-strength.

Corinne added: “My father was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and it really was a tough time for all the family as we were told he had only four months to live. Seven years on and he is still with us and getting stronger every day which is fantastic when you consider we were preparing for the worst.”

CLAN’s fundraising managerSusan Crighton said: “It’s always a great morning at work when you get to phone the winner of the draw and tell them that they have won a brand new car...”