Dad launches £36k Merc raffle

Amelia Beilby

Amelia Beilby

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A WIGAN dad whose daughter is battling a rare life threatening illness has launched a fund-raising raffle with the chance to win a £36,000 Mercedes.

The car is being raffled by The Key Group, in aid of Ronald McDonald house, which has supported Rob Dainton and his fiancee Shelley Beilby, of Ince, while their three-year-old daughter Amelia is being treated at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Rob Dainton with the Mercedes to be raffled for Amelia Beilby

Rob Dainton with the Mercedes to be raffled for Amelia Beilby

Amelia suffers from a rare genetic disorder called pontocerebellar hypoplasia type 1B, and wasn’t expected to reach her first birthday. And although she still remains at hospital, she is able to take short day trips out.

Rob, a civil engineer from Lowton, visited Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington, to launch the raffle.

The 35-year-old said: “Ronald McDonald House have been so good to us, it’s really been a home from home being able to stay there when Amelia’s needed us close by.

“We owe them and the staff so much and I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to buy a raffle ticket to help raise funds so they can continue supporting families like ours.”

A temporary home for the families of sick children, Ronald McDonald House supports families from across the North West and Wales, enabling them to stay near to their children at Alder Hey.

The Key Group provides property and housing maintenance services in the Merseyside and Cheshire area, and recently opened a pop-up shop in Warrington town centre to help raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey.

James Birchall, MD at The Key Group, said: “It was a huge pleasure to meet Rob and hear more about how Amelia’s family have been helped by Ronald McDonald House Alder Hey.

“We at the Key Group are huge supporters of Ronald McDonald House as our official charity, they do some wonderful work providing a supportive environment to families when they need to focus on the health of their child.”

The prize draw will be made on June 23 at the Ronald McDonald House fashion show in the Titanic hotel in Liverpool.