A Forces Radio BFBS Gibraltar listener who entered a competition to win a party on board a luxury yacht has delighted his fellow contestants by inviting them to enjoy the prize he won.

Presenter Hayley Hammond invited five finalists to join her for breakfast on board the Italian built Motor Yacht to compete live on air in a final elimination round to win the grand prize.

Having only moved to Gibraltar a few weeks ago, PO Neil Franey was delighted to win and has generously decided to invite the four runners-up to join him for the party.

Sun deck Kozi-M
The Sun Deck on board luxury yacht Kozi-M

The owners of the 62-foot yacht, Chris and Ian McGee, offered an evening reception on board as the jackpot prize in a raffle organised by Forces Radio BFBS Gibraltar.

The raffle raised a fantastic £1,145 for the BFBS Big Salute, which supports members of the armed forces community and their families.

BFBS Yacht

“I was quite shocked to even get to the final because I’m not really used to winning things.”

You can hear the moment Neil won the prize at the top of the page.

Winner of Yacht Party Neil Franey with Hayley
Breakfast Presenter Hayley Hammond congratulates winner of the yacht party PO Neil Franey

According to Kozi-M's owner Chris McGee:

“The guests will be treated to all the services you’d expect on a luxury super yacht, beautiful canapés, some lovely bubbles and my crew will look after their every whim.”

Chris and Hayley Kozi-M
Kozi-M Owner Chris McGee with Hayley presenting the breakfast show

When asked why they were offering such an incredible prize in aid of The BFBS Big Salute, professional pilot Chris had this to say:

“Whilst I’ve never served I’ve had privileged access to loads of military bases and everybody that I’ve met, the professionalism and the service has just blown me away and now I’m in a position to do this, it’s the least I could do.”

Kozi-M interior

The Big Salute raises money for a range of armed forces charities. Most recently the Big Salute has awarded grants to 13 charities; Alabare, Association of Royal Naval Officers (ARNO), Blesma The Limbless Veterans, Bridge4Heroes, Combat Stress, Felix Fund, Glen Art, Help 4 Homeless Veterans, Learning Through Horses, The Matthew Project, Turn to Starboard, Unload and Veterans Aid.

Each year the BFBS Big Salute invites online grant applications. For more information about how to apply and for fundraising ideas, head to www.bigsalute.com

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