A hospital worker is raffling off his four bedroom detached house, valued at £350,000, to raise money for the NHS.
Nick Wyrill, thirty-four, is giving one lucky winner the chance to win his house ‘for the price of a coffee’, as well as donating 10% of the sale to an NHS charity if all tickets are sold – which will work out at £50,000.
Nick, an NHS Manager at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, launched the competition on the app Raffall, where wannabe home owners can purchase a raffle ticket for just £2.
He and his wife Louise want to relocate to a bigger house with their one year old son, Arthur, but decided against going down the conventional selling route to do something a little more charitable, instead.
Speaking of his motive behind the unique give-away, Nick told Proper Manchester: “There are a couple of reasons why we want to make the donation; I wanted to give back to my colleagues for all their hard work in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The challenges my teams have faced in the past 12 months and are still facing have been enormous. The NHS has done so much for us all and this allows us to give a thank you back to them.”
He also explained that his mum had sadly passed away after a battle with cancer last year, and that his dad is currently undergoing cancer treatment at the NHS hospital in which he works.
Nick added: “My mum sadly died of Cancer in March 2020 and my dad is sadly receiving treatment for Leukaemia at Pinderfields Hospital, after being diagnosed in January 2021.
“This has further sparked our desire to give something back to the NHS.”
The raffle will end on July 1st or when all 250,000 tickets are sold.
The home property is a modern build in Wakefield near the M1, in a cul-de-sac location, with a master bedroom, a super-king bed and an orangery with a log burner looking out onto the private garden.
Some details about the house:
Hallway access to living room, kitchen/dining room and Stairs to landing area.
UPVC framed double glazed bay window. Good size lounge able to accommodate a large corner sofa.
Fully fitted kitchen, comprising integrated fridge freeze and dishwasher. Tiled flooring throughout.
Large Orangery to the rear of the property, comprising wooden flooring and wood burning stove. Fantastic views of the landscaped garden.
Contemporary bathroom fittings, with half tiling and tiled floor.
Very spacious bedroom with fitted mirrored wardrobes. Large window making the bedroom light and airy. Ensuite shower room attached.
Currently being used as a nursery. Can fit a double bed.
King size bedroom with plenty space for wardrobes and bedside draws. Large windows make this bedroom light and airy.
Currently being used as an office, but would be suitable for a single bed / nursery.
Large garage suitable for one small vehicle or as a storage area. Boiler is located here.
Front garden with block paved driveway.
Rear garden features a fully landscaped garden with x2 patio areas. A fruit patch is located to the rear of the garden comprising of; Plum, Cherry and Apple trees, along with Raspberries, Strawberries and blackberry plants and Rhubarb.
A rum bottle-shaped skyscraper could be joining Manchester’s skyline
Plans for the tower include a high-end revolving restaurant and a 24/7 cocktail bar
Are you ready for this? A skyscraper built in the shape of a rum bottle could be the latest addition to Manchester’s skyline.
The vision comes from ‘maverick’ rum makers Decorrum. The company, which adopts a Printworks honey bee for each bottle of their spiced rum sold, has apparently submitted a bid to build Manchester’s ‘tallest building’ which will just so happen to be in the shape of their own rum bottle.
The leaked planning documents, obtained by Business Up North, contain the first drawings and proposal issued to Manchester City Council this week. According to the documents, the building will house a high-end revolving restaurant situated in the ‘bottle neck’ and will also be home to Manchester’s first ‘sky high’ 24/7 cocktail bar.
The skyscraper would be situated besides the recognisable Beetham Tower down Deansgate, but will stand thirty stories taller and will even boast a roof-top platform for guests to enjoy panoramic views of the city… Well, according to the ambitious plans it will.
Speaking about the leaked designs, co-founder of Decorrum Rum, Lucy Wolfenden said: “We wanted to capture the spirit of Decorrum while creating a dramatic build for Manchester. We were inspired by the roaring 1920s, the bling of Gatsby and the decadence of the Art Deco era.
“We felt Manchester’s skyline was lacking a little adventure. Ultimately Manchester is a city that thinks a table is for dancing on. We feel Decorrum Tower really reflects that vibe and will offer Mancunians the opportunity to party in pure luxury.”
Decorrum is a brand new, independent, spiced rum based out of Didsbury – according to the website, the spirit is best served with coke, and is flavoured with the honey of Manchester’s very own bees.
Suspiciously, the documents for the skyscraper plans have been linked to coincide with the brands’ official launch this month…
To stay posted on further updates, make sure to follow Decorrum on Instagram.
Deansgate’s Renaissance Hotel to be transformed into huge treehouse hotel
The historic building is finally getting a new lease of life
After decades of architectural neglect, the infamous Renaissance Hotel is finally set for a much-needed transformation.
Known to Mancs today as ‘that ugly building down Deansgate,’ the Renaissance Hotel was initially built as an office block in 1972 before being transformed into the hotel it is known as today. However, instead of becoming a staple part of Manchester city centre’s history, the fifteen-storey tall building has instead been labeled as an ‘eye sore’ and has faced the threat of full demolition since 2018.
Last year, it was announced that the hotel would close for good and, ever since, it has stood derelict and seemingly forgotten with the possibility of demolition constantly looming.
But now, that’s all set to change – a £200m redevelopment of the building proposed by Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital’s has now been approved by the council.
The building will be taken over by the SH Hotel & Resorts’ ‘Treehouse’, a London-based treehouse-themed hotel concept.
SH Hotels & Resorts’ primary aim is to recreate ‘the wondrous childhood feeling of climbing into a treehouse and making up your own rules.’ They have promised to bring this outlook to their Manchester venture, saying the hotel will be ‘fun, fresh and fabulous – inspired by life’s joys.’
The existing Treehouse Hotel, located in London’s elusive Marylebone neighbourhood, has achieved critical acclaim for it’s unique and eccentric interior design, which includes real tree trunks entwined in the bathrooms, nature-inspired bedrooms and quirky decorations such as cuckoo clocks and an abundance of shrubbery.
Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht said on the Manchester project: “I’m really excited to launch our second Treehouse Hotel in the UK. Manchester is as much a destination for travellers as a gathering place for its energetic local community.
“Our Treehouse will introduce a new execution of fun and witty, and provide an imaginative hospitality experience. As a sustainable brand, we will reuse and repurpose the existing building. We are thrilled to set roots in the city of Manchester.”
Further details surrounding the venture have remained tightly under wraps, though SH Hotels & Resorts has indicated that the hotel will introduce a number of unique new dining experiences to the area, including a top-floor restaurant and bar with city views and a rooftop venue.
Treehouse Hotel Manchester has also vowed to make extensive use of ‘reclaimed and recycled materials across both the building itself and the furniture within.’
Treehouse Hotel Manchester is due to open in 2023.
Spanish town is offering free houses and jobs in a bid to convince families to relocate there
Fancy trading in the 9-5 grind for a life in the sun?
A Spanish town is offering families free homes and jobs in an attempt to encourage them to move there.
Griegos, a small town in the north-east of Spain, has seen its citizens dwindle in recent years, with only 132 residents remaining. So in a bid to tackle this issue, the town is offering three houses to rent along with two jobs, while the town hall is offering three different jobs ranging from local restaurant work to home teleworking.
The very persuasive advert explained: “We offer you work in the kitchen and restaurant for you and your partner at the Paladar de Aragón, located in La Muela de San Juan. Or you can manage the Griegos hotel-restaurant, located in the square.
“If you are one of those who work from home […] You can telecommute and make use of our coworking.”
It is worth noting that only the first three months of your Spanish adventure will be free – after that time period has passed, rent will cost €225 (£194) per month, and families will get a €50 discount (£43) per child – meaning if you have two kids you’ll pay just £108 per month.
Think of all the tapas and sangria you could buy with that extra money!
The only catch is that you have to be a family with children. Sorry, singletons. So, if you want to embark upon the next Spanish chapter of your life, you’ll have to be quick – there have already been over 3,000 applications from people all over the world who are keen to escape the hum drum.
And, with the amount of competition there is, applicants are now being asked to submit a video message alongside their application explaining why they should be selected for the scheme.
If the project is successful, it could lead to other Spanish towns offering similar schemes in what is dubbed ‘Empty Spain’, where villages and towns are seeing a steady decline in population numbers.
The town mayor Salvador Gil has also requested €150,000 to update and renovate the town’s hostel to ‘make it more attractive.’
You can visit the original social media campaign here – better get brushing up on your Spanish!