A Wearside lottery winner has brough extra festive cheer to a sick youngster.
Sunderland’s Kenny Ashton, who won £1million on a scratchcard earlier this year, invited Hope Feeney, who is battling neuroblastoma, and her family on a VIP day out at Ouseburn Farm.
No child should have to sufferKenny Ashton
Since his win, DJ Kenny has been raising money for poorly children from across the North East including Hope.
The youngster and her family enjoyed a tour of the farm, thanks to Kenny, and were even given the opportunity to stroke and feed the animals.
Kelly Feeney, Hope’s mother, said: “We are so grateful to Kenny and those who raise awareness for Hope and support her. Their generosity is incredible.
“Christmas is such a special time of year and to get to spend quality time with my family on an amazing farm is a lovely experience! Kenny has certainly helped to make this Christmas one we will never forget.”
This year will be Kenny’s first Christmas as a millionaire.
The win has allowed the father-of-five to give up his former job as a canvasser and spend time doing what he loves, looking after his family and pursuing his hobby as a DJ.
He said: “My life has been totally transformed this year – winning the lottery is just the most amazing feeling ever. It’s changed my life and I want to ensure I can help to make life better for as many other people as possible too.
“It’s been a whirlwind year. I’ve managed to get a new car as well as going on a first family holiday abroad.”
Kenny has always supported charities and the windfall has afforded him the time to support the good causes close to his heart.
He added: “I know there are those who will be less fortunate than me this Christmas.
“No child should have to suffer. As a father myself, I feel strongly about helping families that need support.
“I will do anything I can to raise awareness of their conditions and help them to get the treatment they need.
”If I can bring smiles to their faces this Christmas that is the best Christmas present I can receive.”