Four-year-old Ashton Wallace from Antrim was the lucky winner of a Lely Discovery barn cleaner in a charity prize draw.
The winning ticket was drawn on New Years Eve following the Livingstone family’s annual charity tractor run in Armagh. Raffle ticket sales and proceeds from the tractor run raised a record £121,860 which has been divided equally between the Southern Area Hospice and the NI Children’s Hospice.
Delighted dad Alan Wallace who runs the 250-cow Abercorn Holstein Herd said: ”I bought two tickets last summer because the money was going to a good cause. I never expected one of them to be the winning ticket.
“In fact, I completely forgot all about the draw. We went as a family to watch the tractor run in Armagh, and I was back at home doing the evening milking when I got a message to say Ashton’s name was on the winning ticket.
“It was a total surprise, and a fantastic start to 2017! Obviously Ashton doesn’t realise the value of his prize. He is mad about farming and wanted to know if the new robot scraper was for his toy farm.”
The Lely Discovery robotic barn cleaner worth more than £10,000 was donated by Jim and Jenny Irwin who manage the Lely Center franchise at Eglish near Dungannon.
Tickets were on sale at various events including Balmoral Show and the RUAS Winter Fair.
Jim Irwin said: “The NI Children’s Hospice and the Southern Area Hospice provide excellent help and care for families of children and adults with life-limiting illnesses. We have been involved with the Livingstone family’s tractor run for a few years, and we decided to sell tickets for the Lely Discovery to boost funds for both charities.
“This year’s event was bigger and better than ever, attracting more than 700 tractors. The charity fund was also boosted by a generous donation from Ben Sergeant Tractors in Portadown.”
To find out more about the wide range of robotic and labour saving technology available from Lely contact Jim Irwin on mobile: 07827 884639.