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Couple sell £3 raffle tickets for two luxury homes worth £700k

A COUPLE are selling £3 raffle tickets for a chance to win their two luxury homes worth £700,000 — complete with sauna, hot tub and a grand piano.

Martin and Sue Stephenson (above) are hoping to sell more than 330,000 tickets to raise enough cash to buy another home and give £100,000 to charity.

They bought the 150-year-old former chapel in southern Snowdonia in 2004 and spent almost two decades lovingly converting it into their dream home.

Pew, that’s a lot for £3: The chapel, before it was converted PICTURES: SWNS

They split the sprawling property into two luxury houses and lived in one while renting out the other as a holiday property.

But they have decided to sell up to be closer to their ageing parents in Yorkshire.

Martin’s father, Ronald, has Alzheimer’s and his mum, Maureen, is struggling to look after him on her own.

Noteworthy: The prize includes the grand piano

Retired building surveyor Martin hopes to raise enough money to give £100,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 57-year-old said: ‘My dad was diagnosed with dementia about two years ago and my mum is his main carer.

‘They’re both 88 and while mum is coping well at the moment, she’s not indestructible.

‘We can see the writing on the wall and that’s why we need to move closer to Sheffield, where they live, to give them the support they need.’

Eat your heart out: The dining table and chic open-plan kitchen

The couple hit on the idea of giving someone the chance to win the historic property, rather than simply putting it on the market in the usual way, after witnessing other successful prize draws.

Sue, 53, a former marketing consultant, said: ‘A few years ago we put together a bucket list that included raising a large amount of money for charity.

‘Hopefully, the prize draw will help us tick that box, as well as creating a life-changing opportunity for someone, so it really is a win-win situation.’

The property comprises two homes within the same chapel conversion — Capel Jerusalem and Jerusalem Vestry. They have a total of seven en-suite bedrooms and the prize comes with all furniture and contents.

The couple, originally from Yorkshire, say that by renting out both houses an annual income of £100,000 is possible.

Father-of-two Martin added: ‘We bought the property on a whim 14 years ago with no real plans for it, but it became a labour of love.

‘We lived in Shrewsbury for four years and rented the entire place out but a couple of years ago we moved into the vestry and just rented out the chapel.

‘It meant we could enjoy the area too as it really is spectacular — we couldn’t have been in a better place during the recent lockdown.

‘We want the Alzheimer’s Society to benefit from the prize draw as it’s such a worthwhile cause. Dementia is a condition that affects so many people but doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

‘The worst thing about it is that you end up losing the person little by little before your very eyes — it’s a difficult thing to watch.’

Chris Manley, Alzheimer’s Society philanthropy manager, said: ‘We are very grateful to Martin and Sue — it really is an incredible gesture.’

To enter the prize draw, which ends on December 11, visit winadreamproperty.co.uk