'I just thought it was a sales call – I never expected to be getting a call saying I’d won £15,000': Northampton builder nearly missed out

Terrence Irons, 60, ignored calls to his mobile from competition organiser

Friday, 17th July 2020, 3:54 pm
Builder Terrence Irons, aged 60, and BOTB presenter Christian Williams

A Northampton grandfather-of-eight ignored phone calls telling him he’d scooped a £15,000 cash prize thanks to luxury lifestyle competition BOTB – because he thought it was a cold caller.

Builder Terrence Irons, aged 60, initially ignored calls made to his mobile from BOTB presenter Christian Williams because he didn’t recognise the number calling him.

Christian calls people every week to tell them they are the lucky winners of prizes in BOTB’s Lifestyle Competition, ranging from cash to luxury watches, holidays and tech bundles.

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Terrance decided to pick up the phone after the third call, when he said it became clear to him that someone was determined to get in touch with him.

“I just thought it was a sales call – I never expected to be getting a call saying I’d won £15,000,” said Terrance, who has been entering BOTB competitions for a number of years.

“It’s still not really sunk in. I have got four children and eight grandchildren and they’ve all told me to make the most of it.

“Being a self-employed builder, the last few months have been tough because of the lockdown restrictions, so it’s come just at the right time.

“I’d love to get a big villa to take my family away together somewhere nice in the sun as soon as we’re able to.”

Since being founded in 1999 by William Hindmarch, BOTB has given away over £34m worth of prizes, including supercars, cash and holidays.

Christian Williams said: “Terrence was a bit difficult to get hold of, but it was clear to see that he was delighted when he realised what the call was about.

“I hope he manages to find somewhere big enough to fit all of his children and grandchildren when they’re all able to be together again. I'm sure it will be quite the party!”

To see Terrence’s reaction, visit www.botb.com/winners