Parents of boy, 7, with Down’s Syndrome are raffling off £1.75m London flat because he can’t get down stairs

Cliodhna Ross, 46, and husband Stuart are hoping to sell their four-bedroom Maida Vale property by asking potential new owners to pay £25-a-ticket to win it, mortgage free.

The family have no need to leave their dream home, but for the fact they are beginning to struggle carrying seven-year-old Ollie up and down the stairs.

Financial services project manager Cliodhna, 46, said: “We knew almost as soon as he was born that Ollie had Down’s syndrome.

"His condition comes with delayed learning and general mobility, but in general that doesn’t seem to be much of a problem.

“However having had all the loft work done and turned the flat into our ideal home, we realised Ollie wasn’t terribly mobile and was struggling to get steady on his legs.


"We simply cannot get him to go downstairs. And if he wants to go upstairs you have to heft him over your shoulders which has become much harder as he’s grown older.”

The Rosses have lived in the upmarket west London apartment building since 2001.

In that time they secured planning permission to extend into the roof area, creating a rooftop terrace with astonishing views of London’s skyline.


The luxurious apartment sprawls over the third and fourth floors of a well-maintained, red-brick mansion block on one of Maida Vale’s wide avenues.

It features four bedrooms, two balconies, a sitting room and a large kitchen/diner, as well as two bathrooms and a cloakroom.

Since setting up the raffle in May, thousands of tickets have been sold – but the couple are a long way from having the minimum number needed to cover the cost of the four-bedroom flat.

Cliodhna and house-husband Stuart, 50, are hoping to have sold at least 85,000 tickets before the closing deadline of December 31st, to find the perfect forever-home for their family.

A percentage of the ticket sales will cover fees, and also be shared equally between two charities. The first is KIDS, which provides support services to disabled children, young people and their families.

The second is The London Community Foundation, which designs and manages funds on behalf of those philanthropic individuals and organisations that wish to tackle poverty, inequality and exclusion across the capital.

To find out more or to enter the raffle, visit the family's website here.



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