An IT consultant from Bath has won a multi-million pound dream home in the Cotswolds as part of a fundraising campaign by Omaze in aid of The Prince’s Trust.

Darren Wordon, 49, won the third Omaze Million Pound House Draw - a stunning six bed country retreat located in a hamlet just outside Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

The house, which is valued at over £2.5m, is newly-built and features all mod-cons, while still using traditional Georgian-style Cotswold stone materials. It’s set in 2.3 acres of sought-after Cotswolds countryside, close to the Cotswolds National Park. The idyllic family home also offers a two-bedroom detached cottage in its grounds as well as a driveway and a double-carport for budding collectors.

Darren said he entered the competition after seeing the house draw on television. He paid just £25 to purchase 40 entries back in May for the Omaze Million Pound House Draw.  

Darren has been married to wife Mandy (48) for 26 years and they have two children, daughter Maddison (20) a student at Exeter university and Matthew (17) a student and semi-pro golfer. The family moved to the UK five years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa and currently live in a 3-bedroom detached house in Bath.

He said "I saw the advert on TV and hearing more about the incredible work The Prince’s Trust does for young people - I was inspired to enter the draw. Having two children myself, ensuring young people have the support and opportunities to thrive means a lot to me.

The house looked incredible but I never thought I'd win in a million years, this kind of thing just doesn’t happen to people like us!

"Having seen how beautiful the house is, we have no idea if we’ll move in or sell it, it’s a brilliant dilemma to have. Either way it’s a life changing win."

The innovative new partnership with Omaze has provided The Prince’s Trust with a much-needed uplift - with a donation of £500,000 helping it to support young people to upskill, reskill and build the confidence they need to overcome even the toughest life barriers. The charity is working hard to counter the devastating impact the pandemic is having on young lives - with issues including unemployment, a turbulent jobs market and ongoing disruption to training and education opportunities.

Young people are four times as likely to be unemployed as the rest of the working age population and account for 70 per cent of the fall in employment since the pandemic began. During this time, The Prince’s Trust has been a lifeline for young people who are reeling from the unprecedented impact the pandemic is having on their job and life prospects. The charity urgently needs to raise funds to deliver more employability and enterprise programmes so that it can keep up with demand in the face of rising youth joblessness.

James Oakes, SVP International, Omaze said:

"Omaze is a win-win for both charities and donors. By offering incredible prizes like this dream Cotswolds home, we’re giving people the chance to win, while also introducing charities to donors they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. 

"We’re thrilled that Darren and his family got to help out a charity that means a lot to them, and just as delighted that this campaign helped to raise £500,000 for The Prince’s Trust in the process."

Jonathan Townsend, UK Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust, said:

"Young people are really feeling the effects of the pandemic on their livelihoods and many are desperately worried about their futures. It’s more important than ever that they can access the support they need to build their skills and confidence for work in these difficult times. 

These funds will help us to make a huge difference to young people who urgently need our help, so that they can overcome any challenges they may be facing and be supported to upskill, reskill and get into work.

This is the third house given away by Omaze in the UK, raising £1,750,000 for good causes in the process. The first promotion saw Ian Garrick, widower, win a million-pound house in Cheadle Hulme – that campaign netted Teenage Cancer Trust £250,000, with Omaze committing a minimum of one million pounds to the charity over the next 3 years, all from donations raised in the UK.

The second saw housewife Marilyn Pratt, win a stunning three-million-pound townhouse in London’s leafy Fulham. That campaign raised £1,000,000 for the British Heart Foundation. 

Online entries for the fourth Omaze Million Pound House Draw, a stunning home on the North Devon coast raising money for NSPCC’s Childline are now open. The draw closes at midnight on Sunday 26th September. The house boasts five double bedrooms, six bathrooms, an infinity pool and stunning panoramic sea views from its clifftop location. It is situated within the picturesque Exmoor National Park, just 11 miles from the thriving markets and cosy country pubs of Barnstaple. 

All entrants by Midnight on Sunday 13th June will also have a chance to win a brand new Aston Martin Convertible, and every week Omaze is giving away £1,000 in their Weekly Winners Draw.

Los Angeles-based Omaze has already raised over £100 million that has gone to support more than 350 charities around the world, thanks to its revolutionary approach to fundraising. Omaze offers participants who donate to support good causes the chance to win incredible prizes - ranging from once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences to luxury prizes including super-cars and exotic holidays, with eighty percent of draw profits going directly to the charity partner.

Details of the next Omaze Million Pound House draw are now available at www.omaze.co.uk.