Mum raffles off house offering once in a lifetime chance to own home for just £5

A mum is raffling off her home, giving house hunters a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a property for just £5.

April Sweeney, 37, is charging £5 per raffle ticket for a chance to win the £200,000 semi-detached house which comes with three bedrooms and a garden.

The Stockport property, in Greater Manchester, comes with a sitting tenant which means the lucky winner will become an instant landlord.

April, a former estate agent, is also offering to pay any stamp duty as well as a £5,000 cash prize.

The mum, of Stockport, plans to donate £10,000 of the proceeds to charities and travel the world with her husband Lee and their four children.

In an online advert, April said: “It has been a really difficult year and we felt by raffling off our house, which is typically rented out and provides an income for us, we could help to give something back to the people who are struggling the most.

“As well as raffling off our house, we’re donating £10,000 to charities close to our hearts.

“There’s a lot of focus on fundraising for the NHS right now which is brilliant, but we’re worried that so many other charities are going to slip through the net and be forgotten.

“Some people have been left homeless and many more jobless, and this is an opportunity for them to gamble just five pounds of their money and win a lovely home or start a business with no strings attached.”

The house was recently valued at £200,000 and features off-road parking, two separate reception rooms and a large back garden.

Results will be announced in November next year and the winner will also not have to pay legal fees.

April added: ”It really is a brilliant opportunity, and the lift people need after a really terrible year.”

The couple decided against putting the house on the market as they feared many house hunters might struggle to get finance due to the pandemic.

Instead, April said her the raffle means buyers will get a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to get a property mortgage free.

April, whose husband Lee is a property landlord, had been thinking about travelling for some time.

But they worried that listing a house for sale during a pandemic was a bad idea and would be impossible due to the financial struggles many have faced.

April said: “This year has been an eye-opener for a lot of people and we’ve really realised what truly matters.

”We have always wanted to go travelling and show our children, who are aged 19, 17, eight and six, the world.

“After everything that’s happened this year, it made us realise there’s no time like the present and we shouldn’t hold back.

“Our eldest children are getting to a stage where they might not want to go away with us for much longer, so it’s now or never.”

The family have many destinations on their travel bucket list with a particular interest in Vietnam and Cambodia.

April added: ”There are so many beautiful places we’d love to see, in particular we’d love to visit Vietnam and Cambodia.

“Our friends think we’re having a midlife crisis, but we feel we’re giving back and doing something wonderful.

“Raffling our house will give us the ability to travel the world whilst also allowing somebody to live mortgage free or to become their own boss.”

The family are currently donating £10,000 to Dog’s Trust, Hospitality Action and St Ann’s Hospice, who cared for April’s nan when she was battling cancer.

She added: “‘We’re also donating to the Sickle Cell Society.

“As a black family, this is a cause close to our hearts. After Lee lost his cousin to sickle cell disease, it made it all the more important for us to help the charity which is massively underfunded.”

A winner will be drawn as soon as the final raffle ticket is sold.