£1k win­ner splits prize with war vet

Macclesfield Express - - HALLOWEEN HORRORS - STU­ART GREER

AKIND- HEARTED com­pe­ti­tion win­ner was so moved by his ri­val’s story he shared the £1,000 prize money.

Tim Cox, from Poyn­ton, scooped the cash in ra­dio sta­tion Key 103’s Hal­loween Lock Up com­pe­ti­tion.

But the 52-year-old main­te­nance man­ager’s wind­fall came at the ex­pense of fel­low com­peti­tor David De Souza, who was se­ri­ously in­jured pre­vent­ing an in­sur­gent at­tack while he was work­ing for a se­cu­rity firm in Iraq in 2007.

David, 41, from Manch­ester, en­tered the break­fast com­pe­ti­tion which re­quired him to lie in a cof­fin and emerge when he guessed 60 min­utes had passed.

He planned to do­nate the prize money straight to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion to help war vet­er­ans.

But when he failed to guess cor­rectly, the cash went to Tim who cor­rectly pre­dicted that he would press the buzzer and es­cape af­ter 88 min­utes.

But is a shock move Tim of­fered to split the prize, bring­ing both men to tears.

It also in­spired lis­ten­ers to do­nate thou­sands of pounds to David’s Justgiv­ing page.

Tim, a mar­ried dad of two who lives on Queensway, said he felt com­pelled to share the prize.

He added: “I was re­ally touched by David’s story. Guys like David who put their life on the line for oth­ers are leg­ends, real he­roes.

“I de­cided to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion and that if I won I would give up 50 per cent. I couldn’t be­lieve I won it. I was blub­ber­ing on air. I think ev­ery­one was. For a guy to suf­fer hor­ren­dous in­juries then raise money for vet­er­ans de­served my sup­port.

“£1,000 is a lot of money to some­one like me, so I was happy to hand back half. That way, ev­ery­one wins.”

As for his £500 Tim said he’s share the spoils with his wife Deb­bie and sons James, 28, and Matthew, 24.

Speak­ing on the show David said: “I’m speech­less and over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity. I had no clue that any­one would do­nate while I was in there. When peo­ple think of war vet­er­ans they think of old men, men in their 80s and 90s but un­for­tu­nately there isn’t many of those left any­more.

“Now war vet­er­ans are in their 20’s and up­wards. I was lucky enough to see the poppy me­mo­rial in Lon­don last year and it re­ally stuck with me. I wanted to do some­thing to keep the mem­o­ries alive.” Visit justgiv­ing. com/David-De-Souza1 to do­nate.

●● Tim Cox and his wife Deb­bie

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