Woman, 68, wins £3m Fulham home after 40 years in same two-bedroom semi

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>Marilyn and David Pratt</p>

Marilyn and David Pratt

A woman has won a £3 million home in west London after entering a raffle that helped raise millions for the British Heart Foundation.

Marilyn Pratt, aged 68, won the property in Fulham, west London through the second Omaze Million Pound House Draw, which also raised more than £1 million for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

She had initially entered the competition, which required an entry of £10, for her daughter who has always wanted to get on to the property ladder.

Mrs Pratt, who described the big win as “surreal,” said: “My husband thought I was completely insane and said, ‘what a waste of a tenner’.

“As luck would have it I entered for £10 the night the draw closed, the rest is history,” she added.

The new home
The new home

The mother of two, who lives with her husband of 45 years David in a semi-detached house in south-east London, has two daughters, London-based Jenny, 42, and Maggie, 41, who lives in Singapore.

The pair have lived in the same house for more than 40 years.

The 68-year-old said the Fulham property – which features three bedrooms, an office, a gym and a walled garden – was “absolutely beautiful” but that she would probably sell it.

Mrs Pratt has two daughters who she says will both benefit from the win
Mrs Pratt has two daughters who she says will both benefit from the win

“I think that would be fairest on everyone as I have another daughter too,” she said.

“It hasn’t sunk in at all.

“It makes me feel so happy that even though this has come at a later stage of my life, I know that my children are always going to be secure and that’s a really nice feeling.”

The house has a gym and an office.
The house has a gym and an office.

The draw also raised much-needed money for BHF to help fund its research and support work.

BHF chief executive Dr Charmaine Griffiths said: “Partnering with Omaze has been a vital way for us to raise crucial funds at a time when Covid-19 has devastated our income.

“The money raised is more than we could have imagined.”

Los Angeles-based Omaze has raised over £100 million, supporting more than 350 charities around the world.

Its third UK million-pound-home giveaway is already open to entrants, with a five-bedroom house in the Cotswolds up for grabs.

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