After four of weeks of build up, more than 160 prizes and well over £5,000 raised a 'juggernaut' fundraising raffle has been drawn today.

When Suzanne Pengilly and Alison Grose began organising the event little could they have predicted quite the level of support they have received.

The raffle is raising money for Holly Martin and her family from Coverack, after she fell while horse riding on April 12.

She was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital and has been there ever since, with a serious brain injury.


With her family travelling up and down regularly between home and the hospital to be with the 15-year-old Mullion School student, Suzanne and Alison decided they wanted to help with the expenses involved and to help with anything Holly may need.

Alison said: "It may be 12 months before she’s well enough to come home. It’s going to be a marathon not a sprint but we’re all rooting for Holly and praying that she makes a full recovery, however long that takes.

"Suzanne and I both felt we needed to do something to help, but with the way Covid restrictions were most things were ruled out, hence we decided on a raffle. Little did we realise what a juggernaut it would turn into.

"Both of us have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and businesses. Not one prize was asked for. We’ve had prizes from as far as Bristol.

Holly is a keen horse rider

Holly is a keen horse rider

"Holly is in the same tutor group as my son at Mullion; this could be any of our children. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring.

"We cannot imagine how they’re coping not only with Holly but keeping the rest of the family going. This raffle is to make life a bit easier for the family travelling to and from home and Bristol and anything Holly may need."

She thanked everyone who donated a prize, too many to mention individually, as well as Matt and Emma Ferguson of the Three Tuns in St Keverne for hosting the raffle, all the ticket sellers and folders, and everyone who bought tickets.

The star prize was a personal guided tour of the Emmerdale village set by Eric Pollard, played by actor Chris Chittell, including a two-night stay at The Westwood Hotel over a Friday and Saturday, for two people. It was donated by the actor and his wife Lesley Dunlop, who also appears in the show, as they have close connections to Coverack and are seen in the area regularly.


The first ticket drawn out, winning the prize, was Dr Ian Wort, the parish GP at St Keverne Health Centre for many years, who lives in Coverack.

Holly's family sent a heartfelt message to be read out at the event when the draw took place this afternoon.

Her mum Helen said: "We just want to say a massive thank you everyone, all the way from the Lizard to Emmerdale.

"Suzanne and Alison have worked tirelessly on this and I know there are many others behind the scenes. Your raffle has already helped us. It’s boosted morale at a very low time. T o know how many people have our backs is outstanding.

"It’s got to be a record number of prizes for a single raffle. It’s shown everyone what an amazing community we have. It’s been a hard year for us all but to still dig deep to help, it is amazing."

Helen said she had already used some of the money, handed over after the first raffle books were collected, on a train ticket to see the family back in Coverack.

"One of the hardest things is being apart and I can’t wait to have my family back under one roof. That’s a long way off yet but you’ve all helped us by financially, allowing us to make trips up and down, and that’s more important than I can put into words.

"To have one less thing to worry about right now is just brilliant. Thank you from all the Martins."

While the final total is still to be counted, it is known more than £5,000 has been raised through the raffle alone.

A fundraising page at has also raised more than £13,300 for the family and other fundraising events have also been held.