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Wexford couple raffle off home to raise funds for cancer research and suicide prevention

The 4 bedroom house also comes with land
Dave and Jane Joynes

Dave and Jane Joynes

Clodagh Meaney

Wexford couple Jane and Dave Joynes are raffling off their home to help raise funds for cancer research and suicide prevention.

The couple were inspired to offer up their forever home after their family was tragically affected by cancer and suicide.

“When my wife, Jane, and I retired to Wexford five years ago, our intention was to find our final, forever home and generally enjoy life in our later years,” Dave said.

“During those five years we have worked hard, inside and outside the house, to bring the property up to where we wanted it.”

“During our lives Jane and I have lost quite a few family and friends to cancer. It’s not something you get used to, but, as cancer is rife in the world, it’s something you feel you have to accept as part of modern living.”

Then, three years ago, Dave’s brother was diagnosed with cancer.

“As a warrior and a vibrant soul, he fought against it and several times during those long three years he told me that the doctors had informed him that he had won. But inevitably it came back again and Alan fought his final battle a few months ago.”

The home up for grabs

The home up for grabs

“I found this very difficult to accept as he was the relative that I thought would be there for all of my life; he was 71, two years older than me,” he said.

“I grieved, but I also found myself becoming angry that, after all this time, cancer was still killing people. I had a need to do something about it. I talked long and hard with Jane and she agreed that we should look into ways of helping those that were trying to get rid of it.”

Then sadly Jane’s brother died by suicide.

“We talked through what we could have done to prevent it and, while logically you know there was nothing you could have done, emotionally you feel terribly guilty. We could have talked to him more often, we could have had him with us for a holiday, we could have done so many other things. But now, too late, all too late and so, we grieved again,” Dave said.

After their losses, the couple re-evaluated their lives and decided to do something to help others.

Now the couple are raffling off their home, which is 15km from New Ross, for £12.50/€14.00 a ticket, offering 10% of the total revenue from the competition to charity.

There are 50,000 tickets available, which will bring the total income to €700,000 if all tickets are sold.

10% of the money raised will go to Worldwide Cancer Research (€70,000 if all tickets are sold), and a further €20,000 to Pieta House.

The raffle winner will get their hands on not only the keys to the 4 bedroom home, but also 0.31 hectares of land and £5,000. Stamp duty and legal fees will also be covered as part of the prize.

“Our targets now are not only to make significant donations to charity, but to try to change someone’s life for the better.”

“Should they buy tickets for the cost of a few cups of coffee, and if they then win the house, they will have the choice to live in it, to holiday in it, to rent it out or to sell it,” Dave added.

You can enter the raffle here.

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