EVERY Christmas for the past 12 years Margie Krog made sure she bought her ticket for Eastbourne Arndale Centre’s charity Win A Car event.
As a nursing assistant at the Roborough Day Hospital in Eastbourne, she had even sold tickets there one year when the hospital was one of the charities which spent a day in the centre raising money for much-needed funds.
So when Mrs Krog arrived home on Christmas Eve to be told that she had missed a call from the Arndale Centre, she made a throwaway comment to her family that she must have won the car this year, not for one minute thinking that it might be true.
Mrs Krog, who lives in Ratton, said, “I called the Arndale Centre manager who told me that I had won the car.
“I can’t begin to tell you how I felt. I couldn’t believe it.
“I’ve never won anything in my life and it came totally out the blue. I didn’t sleep for three days.”
The brand new Suzuki Swift, worth £10,000, is a 1.2 SZ2 three-door hatchback with remote central locking, electric windows and MP 3 compatible CD player. It was supplied in conjunction with Eastbourne Motoring Centre.
Although Mrs Krog does not drive, she is now considering taking lessons or giving the car to her family.
With three daughters and nine grandchildren, she will be spoilt for choice.
She said, “I haven’t made a decision yet but I am just so over the moon at winning it.”
Eastbourne Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge said, “It’s one of the nicest parts of my job that I get to ring the winner on Christmas Eve and it was fantastic that Mrs Krog was so delighted to win.”
This year’s Win A Car event raised a total of £22,776 for 47 charities with every penny from the sale of the £1 tickets raised going directly to the individual organisations.
Since the event was launched in 2000, Win A Car has raised £217,776.