Dental technician cancels home raffle

A dental technician who tried an alternative tactic to sell his home and raise money for charity has had to offer a cash prize draw instead.

Stephen Sickelmore, 49, and his wife, Caroline, were raffling their seaside home in the hope of raising the £490,000 it was originally on the market for.

The couple also pledged that 3.6% of the prize fund – up to £25,000 – would be donated to the local Force cancer charity.

Unfortunately, not enough tickets were sold – the total sales were £3125 (less legal expenses) – and under the terms and conditions of the competition they had a cash prize draw instead. The winner was Giles Bradley from Leeds, who was picked out by a random computer programme, who wins £1000.

The five-year-old detached Summer Breeze is in Old Gatehouse Road, Dawlish, and comes with sea views, split-level design and three bathrooms. The couple will now put their house on the open market.

On the website– – Stephen says: ‘We are sorry not enough entered to conclude the competition to win the house, and that so many entered and did not send in their entry fee. Thank you all for entering.’

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