Construction worker who beat cancer wins £90,000 cash-and-car prize

A construction manager from Dudley who was given the all-clear from cancer six months ago has scooped a top-of-the-range Mercedes with £50,000 cash stashed in its boot.

Nick Harper was at work building the Sandwell Aquatic Centre when Christian Williams, a presenter with online competition company, BOTB turned up to tell him he was this week’s Dream Car Competition winner. The father-of-four who lives in Brierley Hill was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma just before the first Government lockdown last year. Chris said: 
“This is so overwhelming! I’ve been playing BOTB for a couple of years now and I’ve always dreamt of this moment but I just can’t describe the feeling.” 
 “It’s been a really tough year. With my diagnosis and then the pandemic, I didn’t know where to turn.” 
Nick got the all-clear in March and said he’d use his winnings to take a trip to Cyprus with his friend who was diagnosed around the same time. He added:
“My friend and I were diagnosed within a week of each other and we always said as soon as we get the all clear we’ll take a holiday to Cyprus and that’s exactly what I’m going to spend the money on!” 
Nick said he missed work so much that within one day of getting the all-clear he was back with his colleagues building the Sandwell Aquatic Centre for the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham next year. 
Nick paid just £1 for his ticket to enter the competition where he won the Mercedes AMG CLA35. He said it was his dream car and a ‘definite upgrade’ from his Toyota. The 42-year-old is father to two sons; Reece (25) and Liam (18) and two daughters, Hannah (20) and Heather (19) and said whatever money is left after his holiday will go towards them.


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