Wed, 2 Feb | News
Lottery-Winning Mum and Dad to Fund Autistic Daughters’ Futures
Unlike many other lottery winners, Darren and Kate Donaghy aren’t going to be splashing out recklessly with their £1million lottery winnings, instead making plans for their autistic daughters’ futures.
Despite winning big on the lottery Darren and Kate renovated their new home themselves to save money.
The couple explained that they did not want to blow their winnings on extravagances like many others have as they are determined to ensure that their autistic daughters, aged six and nine, have a secure future.
They won the jackpot while living in a two-bedroom house and have since upgraded to a five-bedroom home with a personal gym and a beautiful garden.
Darren, 36, a former call centre worker said: “We are careful with the money and not squandering it. Our first priority was to get a bigger house for the children.
"But it dawned on us how big a responsibility it was not to blow it. You read stories about how people have had a good time and it’s not lasted long.
“I’ve always been quite handy, and I get great satisfaction from doing the work myself. It’s bigger than us, it’s our kids’ futures.” Kate, 31, a former hairdresser, added: “It was about how we could change ours and our children’s lives, simple things to make the kids’ life better and happier.” While living in their old home, the couple had applied for a grant to build an extension as one of their daughters was sleeping in their room. But their application was turned down.
Kate said: “Then weeks later, we won the lottery. It’s challenging when you have children with special needs so this made a difference.”