Lucky East Keal man wins bike in tombola

Barry Steel presents the Honda bike to Ian Coupland of East Keal.
Barry Steel presents the Honda bike to Ian Coupland of East Keal.

A LUCKY motorcycle fan from East Keal got the call of a lifetime when an ex-world rider rang to say he’d won an £8,000 bike in a tombola draw.

The Joey Dunlop Foundation, which has holiday apartments for the disabled in the Isle of Man, held their annual diner and tombola draw last month.

The draw was pulled by ex GP and world superbike rider, Frankie Chillie where he pulled Ian coupland’s name.

Ian had purchased between £5 and £10 worth of tombola tickets at the Spilsby Bike Night event to help support the foundation and he was telephoned to say he’d won a Honda CBR600RR painted in the RC30 colours.

Barry Steels, UK fundraiser for the Joey Dunlop Foundation presented the bike and keys to Ian just over a week ago.

Ian said: “It was five past midnight when Frankie Chillie rang and I thought it was a wind-up.

“I never gave it another thought about the chance of winning until I got that call and I never imagined in a million years that I’d win.”

Barry said: “I like to say a massive thank you to all the individuals who have purchased tombola tickets, merchandise and made donations.”

The Joey Dunlop Foundation was set up around 10 years ago after popular rider Joey Dunlop died and a group of individuals wanted to continue his charitable work.

Through a series of fundraising efforts, the Bradden Bridge House was set up near to the TT race track in the Isle of Man, which caters for disabled groups, something which Joey was passionate about.

Barry added: “I would also like to thank local businesses for all their support and hope they continue to do so because the house [Bradden Bridge] that was purchased, is getting great support and they are looking to build an extension and obviously there is continue upkeep to the house too.

“Their support is greatly appreciated.”