UK Woman raffling Manchester city centre apartment - inspired by loss of her mum last minute news
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Breaking News ! Sushma Sharma is often told by her friends that she does things the “unconventional” way. So when she decided she was going to raffle off her apartment in Manchester city centre, it all made sense. A primary school teacher from Leeds, Sushma has spent more than 20 years living in the city. But following the loss of her mum in December 2019 after living with Lupus for 30 years, she decided it was time for a change of scenery. She was planning to visit a place close to her heart as her mum spoke about her youth in her final months and Sushma wanted to do something from where she was born. “It made me want a change of scenery, have a new adventure,” she told the Manchester Evening News. “That was actually going to be an extended trip to Tanzania to really explore the country, to visit where my Mum was born, Dar Es Salaam, and climb Kilimanjaro. “My idea initially was to do something for Lupus UK as part of that.” Four months after Sushma’s mum passed away, the Covid pandemic hit and the country was plunged into lockdown. “I was just starting to plan that when Covid stopped everybody's plans, not just mine… “I am not saying that is never going to happen now but because that was put on hold, the raffle idea happened instead.” Sushma explained: “Because something big happened to me, I wanted to do something big. “I felt like the whole world was grieving with me. It was very intense and all very magnified.” Having lost a parent, Sushma re-assessed her life but also, “wanted to do something a little different.” Sushma (left) with mum and friend Sunita (right). (Image: Sushma Sharma) She got back into work and decided that it wasn’t the right time to travel - and that’s when the decision on the raffle came. The idea to raffle off her home was first floated around about eight months ago, during lockdown when a friend shared a raffle link of a house where she went for yoga weekends. “If my friend hadn’t sent me that text saying ‘enter this raffle, it’s my friends yoga place’, the idea would have been in the back of my mind for so long.” Sushma added: “I think more people will do this in the future. “Most people can spend a fiver on a dream and a wish. I don’t even do the lottery but I love spending a few minutes dreaming what I’d do with a win and who I’d give it to. “It’s just that little moment of ‘it could be me’ and that makes it really exciting.” Sushma says she’s had “amazing” memories in her home but hopes that someone else will be able to have just as happy memories there too. “It’s been my home, I’ve had some amazing parties, food, family and everything for a long time. The city centre pad is close to Manchester Cathedral (Image: Sushma Sharma) “I like to think someone’s really happy where I’ve been happy.” But as for what’s next, Sushma hasn’t let herself think that far ahead but is looking away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. “I’m a bit scared to think just yet,” she told us. “I have been in the city centre and that’s great for when you’re wanting to be out and about all the time and I’ve absolutely used that to the max.
.” Sushma added: “I’d be really happy living in a house. “They’re not massive dreams. They’re just normal, human dreams.” But regardless of what happens, Sushma says it’s a “win-win” situation.
Somebody could win the property plus £10,000
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“My current home could be an amazing gain for anyone who is wanting to live mortgage-free in the middle of Manchester and/or is wanting to get on the property ladder and is finding it difficult because of this pandemic. “It could even be someone wanting it to use as an investment opportunity for their future and children or even to sell it to raise funds for their favourite charity. “There’s 50,000 tickets and there will be 50,000 reasons why somebody would deserve to get it. “All of those possibilities are quite exciting hopes and thoughts for the cost of a posh coffee. "The worst-case scenario is not so bad either, if I didn't sell all the tickets, I can keep the flat and the raffle is still drawn with a winner who wins 75% of all ticket sales with the raffle company keeping the remaining 25% and I make a smaller donation to Lupus UK.” The raffle is taking place through Raffall and Sushma needs to sell 50,000 tickets for £5 each. The winner will bag themselves the two bedroom Manchester city centre apartment with appliances included and secure parking. There is also a £10,000 cash prize as well as the mortgage-free property and service charge will be paid for the first year.
The property is in a prime location across the road from Harvey Nics and Manchester Cathedral and also just a few minutes' walk to Victoria Station. “The windows are so big I feel like I am part of Manchester and the sky,” Sushma said. And during lockdown she even kept herself entertained by filming the city skyline over 1250 days. There is also a prize for the runner up - £10,000. But what is also important to Sushma is the £5,000 charity donation for Lupus UK. “Mum had Lupus for over 30 years and was a member of Lupus UK and I know she got a lot from knowing she was not suffering alone,” Sushma said. Earlier this week was World Lupus Day (May 10) and Sushma adds: “It is so good that people are becoming more aware of this disease. It is more prevalent in women and also more so in Asian women.”
Sushma says she has 'amazing' memories from her time in her home
(Image: Sushma Sharma)
The winner will be drawn at random by the raffle company that is holding this competition on behalf of Sushma on August 22, 2021. This could potentially be sooner if all tickets are sold. “In my dreams that would be on 28th July which would have been Mum's 73rd birthday,” Sushma said. And she doesn’t want to let Lupus UK down. “It’s become more important, I know it’s only £5,000 but I have spoken to Lupus UK and said this is what I am going to do and I’ll have £5,000. “And now I don’t want to let them down.” More information and the raffle itself can be found here Sushma has also set up a Facebook and Instagram page for updates on the raffle.