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Couple’s bid to defy flat housing market

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Vipul and Pat Pachchigar, from the Isle of Dogs, were planning on selling their flats the traditional way, but came up with the idea of raising £1.5m through a raffle and diverting some of the proceeds to a worthy cause.

The online competition costs £25 to enter and entrants will be required to ‘spot the ball’ and answer a tie-break question. Three luxury flats will be given away as prizes; two in the village of Dickens Heath near Solihull and one in of Canary Wharf, London.

The couple hope to raise £50,000 from the competition for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of their friend’s daughter Sarah White, who died in 2007.

Pat and Vipul are hoping for 60,000 entrants, to cover the costs of the charity donation, fees and mortgage payments.

The competition will be run on a tier system, with one house being given away if there are 20,000 entrants and two houses if they receive 35,000.

“We hope the competition will raise £1.5 million, of which £50,000 will be donated to fund research into treating and curing cystic fibrosis,” said Pat Pachchigar.

The competition will also give three people the opportunity to get onto the property ladder. We’re aiming for 60,000 entrants and hope people support us.”

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