A KEY worker at a West Yorkshire hospital is to raffle his four-bedroom house in a bid to raise money for an NHS charity.

Nick Wyrill is an operational manager at Pinderfields Hospital, and his detached house on the outskirts of Wakefield is now up for grabs - with raffle tickets on sale for just £2.

34-year-old Nick, who is originally from Queensbury, has made 250,000 tickets available, with the lucky winner getting the keys to the house - mortgage-free - complete with all solicitor fees paid.

10 per cent of the money raised from ticket sales will be donated to MY Hospitals Charity, the official charity partner of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which aims to support the trust to enhance patient care and experience in its hospitals and the local community.

"I've been working in the NHS for five years. The last 12 months have been really gruelling for all NHS staff, not just here at Pinderfields, but everywhere", said Nick, who adds that he was "born and bred" in Bradford, before moving to Wakefield a few years ago.

"This raffle is a way of giving something back - it will benefit NHS staff and patients.

"We also wanted to move house, but we didn't want to go down the conventional route of having people come over to look around - especially given the current climate.

"A lot of estate agents are now doing virtual viewings, but it's still a bit of a hassle. I've seen the raffle process undertaken on two other homes in Wakefield, and a couple more nationally, and it intrigued me."

Nick adds that there is "no catch" to the raffle, and that the £2 cost of a ticket would be the "only expenditure" for the winner.

"All legal fees are undertaken by us, there's no mortgage and if you've bought a ticket, you can win the house, and then agree on a moving date - that's it. To enter, you just go on the page and follow the instructions.

"It's a four-bedroom detached house, it will make a good family-sized house for somebody."

Nick does not consider his position at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as a "patient-facing role", but he still "walks the wards every day" to check on staff welfare.

"I'm not the one dealing with patients and I don't spend my day in PPE, that's the ward staff, so hats off to them, going above and beyond", Nick said.

"But it has been an emotional rollercoaster. In the first wave, we had medical students helping, and the hospitals coped quite well. But in the second peak, we had record numbers - nearly double the first peak - and hospitals were under a real strain.

"Staff needed to be off to self-isolate, and staff shortages have been a serious issue.

"Our purpose of the raffle is to sell the house, but also to give something back - and this will enable that."

The raffle can be found here.