Man Who Spent his Life Helping Disabled People Find a Home Has Won a £2.5million Country House in a Raffle


A man who has spent years helping disabled people find homes has won a £2.5million country house in a raffle.

Grant Carson scooped up the five-bedroom farmhouse complete with eight acres of the Lake District after entering the Omaze Million Pound House Draw.

The 58-year-old windower said that he can now get a dog, which was what he always wanted, but was always out of the question due to chronic arthritis he has had since he was seven.

The new home is surrounded by such “idyllic countryside” and he can “definitely afford a dog walker,” because along with the house he was also given £100,000 in cash.

The house raffle was organized by Omaze, a charity raffle that lets people support a good cause with the hopes to win a prize, such as a guitar played by Jimi Hendrix, or lunch with George Clooney, or in this case a house.

Carson worked at the same Glasgow charity for 27 years helping disabled people with all aspects of life, and had never won anything before. He was understandably stunned when the Omaze team surprised him at his three-bedroom home in Glasgow.


”It’s not your average Friday night that someone comes to your door and tells you that you’ve won a £2,500,000 house,” said Carson. “I might be one of the luckiest men in Scotland.”

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He recently decided to embark on a new career path as a freelance consultant.

“I’ve just left my old job helping disabled people across Glasgow, which I had done for 27 years, but this win has given me a financial security I’d never dreamed of, which means I can focus on my new venture helping organizations to meet the needs of disabled customers with a lot less pressure.”

Carson is not compelled to live in or keep the house. He can either move in, rent it, or sell it.

If he does decide to rent it out, local real estate agents estimate the property could yield more than £5,000 a month from rentals.

“I love the Lake District, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country, I’m still pinching myself that I actually own a house here,” said Carson. “I’m not sure what I’ll do long-term yet, but I’m going to move in for a while and enjoy it.”

On that note, the 18th century house is surrounded by stunning scenery, with a tree-lined garden and wild hay meadows surrounded by rolling green hills. It boasts a standalone guest suite with vaulted ceilings and its own kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living space.

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The Omaze drawing was held to raise money for Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. Together, the raffle raised £850,000, about $1 million.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who entered,” said Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust. “The money raised will go towards our vital ongoing work to take care of dogs and find them their forever homes—which at the moment, sadly, so many are in need of.”

“Having worked at a charity for so long, I know first-hand how important it is to raise money, I think these Omaze draws are fantastic for the charitable sector,” Carson said.

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