TIME is running out to enter the draw for the charity raffle of a Bobcat excavator.

Derby-based dealer Butler Reynolds is raffling off the one-tonne Bobcat E10z mini-excavator with all proceeds going to the When You Wish Upon a Star charity, which grants wishes to children living with life-threatening illnesses.

The latest date for entry is Monday 24th May 2021 and the Grand Raffle will be drawn on Friday 28th May 2021. As well as the E10z mini-excavator, the first prize includes three buckets and a full three-year warranty for the machine. There are five Bobcat jackets up for grabs as second place prizes and 10 Bobcat scale models can be won as third place prizes.

Tickets cost £25 each and there is no limit to the number that can be bought.

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Butler Reynolds is hoping for a final push to beat its target of raising £20,000 for the charity, which has over 130 Wishes for children on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigel Long, director at Butler Reynolds, said: “The Wishes charity was one that my fellow Director, Heather Tormey and I have been aware of for some time now. We wanted to do something for children and help as many as we could with our donation. Working with Wishes, we thought the funds from the Grand Raffle could go a long way.”

Alexa Wigfield, regional fundraiser at When You Wish Upon a Star, which is based in Nottingham, added: "To receive a donation of this size will help us to continue granting magical Wishes. All children have Wishes but for these children and their families that Wish is so precious. Each Wish brings with it the opportunity to look forward to something very special, to forget about their often-painful treatments and to simply be a child for the day, creating special treasured memories."

Tickets for the Grand Raffle can be purchased by contacting Butler Reynolds by telephone on 01509 854144 or 01902 883088, or by purchasing tickets directly via the Butler Reynolds website at www.butlerreynolds.co.uk.

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