Inside luxurious £625,000 farmhouse won by key worker in an auction for £2

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Key worker Alison Bellamy won a luxurious six-bedroom farmhouse worth £650,000 – after purchasing a £2 raffle ticket. (SWNS)
Key worker Alison Bellamy won a luxurious six-bedroom farmhouse worth £650,000 – after purchasing a £2 raffle ticket. (SWNS)

A key worker has won a luxurious six-bedroom farmhouse worth £650,000 after purchasing a £2 raffle ticket to enter a charity auction.

Alison Bellamy, 49, became the proud owner of the Grafton Farm estate after her ticket was pulled out of a hat on Thursday afternoon.

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The West Mercia Police worker said she was "speechless" after being named the new owner of the Grade II-listed mansion based in Loppington, Shropshire.

Her prize includes all interior furnishings inside the farmhouse, plus three acres of land, an outdoor hot tub, a fully-fitted gym and a sit-on lawnmower.

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Previous owners Nigel and Jane Chaloner wanted to put their idyllic home up for raffle instead of selling it, and raised money for the Severn Hospice charity. (SWNS)
Previous owners Nigel and Jane Chaloner wanted to put their idyllic home up for raffle instead of selling it, and raised money for the Severn Hospice charity. (SWNS)

After being told over the telephone of her win, Bellamy, from nearby Telford, said: “I can’t speak, oh my god. I am speechless. Who knows if I will move in at the moment. I forgot I even entered.

“I am working today. I am sat at my desk currently. You may hear a few cheers and claps in the background.”

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Previous Grafton Farm owners Nigel and Jane Chaloner decided to put their idyllic home up for raffle instead of selling it, after deciding to downsize with retirement beckoning.

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The estate, valued at £650,000, includes an outdoor hot tub, gym equipment and a sit-on lawnmower. (SWNS)
The estate, valued at £650,000, includes an outdoor hot tub, gym equipment and a sit-on lawnmower. (SWNS)

The couple, who raised their family and fostered 22 children at the farmhouse for the last 18 years, charged hopefuls just £2 a ticket to enter the prize draw.

Together with their two children, Jodie and Sam, the family raised over £120,000 for the Severn Hospice after donating 10% of proceeds gained from ticket sales.

At the draw, which took place in the gardens of the lavish home, Jane said: “This will mean the world to a lot of people and the hospice.

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The West Mercia Police worker said she was "speechless" after winning the Grade II-listed mansion based in Loppington, Shropshire. (SWNS)
The West Mercia Police worker said she was "speechless" after winning the Grade II-listed mansion based in Loppington, Shropshire. (SWNS)

"Everyone has been so gracious and supported each other. This is all about you and everyone that has made this happen. So many have experienced loss and difficulties. There have been a lot of people that have deserved this.

“This is a life-changing experience for Alison Bellamy and it will make a difference to so many people. This will mean so much to Severn Hospice.

“They support thousands of people and they have such a legacy. The difference they make is vast.”

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