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Lottery win turns wheels of fortune.

Byline: By Dave Black

A GRANDFATHER who scooped almost pounds 3m on the lottery has spent some of his fortune on helping a caring organisation which he describes as 'like a second family' to him.

Mick Fox, 65, has bought a brand new minibus for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB), a national philanthropic society which he has been involved with for 40 years.

The minibus will be used by elderly and disabled residents of the RAOB's new Britney House convalescent home in Paignton, Devon.

Mick, who used to live in Blyth, Northumberland, but has recently moved to Longhirst, near Morpeth, won pounds 2.75m on the national lottery in May last year.

At the time, he pledged to use part of his newfound wealth to support the RAOB - known as the Buffs - in a way that would benefit as many of his fellow members as possible.

The RAOB, which was founded in London in 1822, is a social and benevolent fraternal organisation which helps the needy families of members and deceased members, as well as supporting numerous charitable groups. It is organised in a system of lodges but has no official relationship with Freemasonry.

Mick, who has five children, Debra, 45, Colin, 43, Kevin, 42, Susan, 37, and Michael, 36, as well as 14 grandchildren, was formerly in the Royal Corps of Transport and is a long-standing member of the RAOB in Blyth.

Yesterday the divorcee and former lorry driver said: "The Buffs is like a second family to me and it's wonderful to now be in a position to help them in such a meaningful way.

"The Paignton convalescent home is very popular with our older members and there's always demand for trips and outings during their stay. I'm sure the new bus will be put to very good use."

John Webber, grand provincial secretary of the Whitley Bay and District RAOB, said: "We are very grateful to Mick for his help. He has always been a big supporter of our organisation."

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DELIGHTED TO HELP: Lottery winner Mick Fox with the minibus he has bought for the RAOB's new Britn ey House convalescent home in Paignton, Devon.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 23, 2008
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