UP FOR GRABS: MILLIONAIRE TO GIVE AWAY $120,000 FLAT FOR FREE

A man who used to sleep rough on park benches has decided to give away an entire flat, ‘to give someone a lucky break like I was given’.

Millionaire Marco Robinson, 48, is offering the £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment to a suitable individual or family.

Marco, a father of two, now owns 150 properties around the world, including the top-floor flat in Preston, Lancashire.

He’s making a documentary with Channel 4, and will select the winner over the course of the next six weeks.

‘The people who I want to see live in this flat are people who need a home, they need a sanctuary and some security, and that will make them feel significant again,’ he said.

‘They need to be in desperate need with nobody helping them get out of the vicious cycle.

Marco Robinson, 48, of Preston, is giving away a £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment for FREE. See rossparry story RPYFLAT: A millionaire who spend his childhood sleeping on park benches is giving away an entire flat. Marco Robinson, 48, is offering up the £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment to a suitable individual or family. The lucky winner will be selected over the course of the next six weeks through a documentary Marco is making alongside Channel 4. Marco said he spent his childhood sleeping on park benches with his mum before he was hauled out of poverty.
It’s fully-furnished and mortgage-free (Picture: SWNS)
Marco Robinson, 48, of Preston, is giving away a £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment for FREE. See rossparry story RPYFLAT: A millionaire who spend his childhood sleeping on park benches is giving away an entire flat. Marco Robinson, 48, is offering up the £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment to a suitable individual or family. The lucky winner will be selected over the course of the next six weeks through a documentary Marco is making alongside Channel 4. Marco said he spent his childhood sleeping on park benches with his mum before he was hauled out of poverty.
He slept on park benches during his childhood (Picture: SWNS)

‘I’m very confident from then, very quickly people will be able to turn their lives around.’

He says he’s willing to pay council tax for as long as necessary.

‘I asked for help and I got it from unlikely people. They helped me believe in myself,’ he said. ‘It’s been hard work, but I’ve been successful in business and made a lot of money.

‘I started investing profits into property and learned where were the best places to buy.

‘Now I want to give something back – to give someone a lucky break like I was given when I was starting out.

‘Finding people as candidates is going to be easy, there’s so many. The difficulty will be choosing just one of so many.

Marco Robinson, 48, of Preston, is giving away a £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment for FREE. See rossparry story RPYFLAT: A millionaire who spend his childhood sleeping on park benches is giving away an entire flat. Marco Robinson, 48, is offering up the £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment to a suitable individual or family. The lucky winner will be selected over the course of the next six weeks through a documentary Marco is making alongside Channel 4. Marco said he spent his childhood sleeping on park benches with his mum before he was hauled out of poverty.
It’s in Preston (Picture: SWNS)

‘I’ve been meeting the local communuity and homeless groups, speaking to shop owners and trying to learn about the situation locally.

‘There are massive issues with affordability – people just can’t afford the deposit anymore.

‘People over 30 are still living with their parents and so many more people are now homeless.

‘Twenty or thirty years ago it was easy to get a house, but since then the salaries have stayed the same but property prices have rocketted.

‘For a £150,000 house in Preston – and that’s not going to be a massive house – that means a deposit of ££40,000 and if you’re on the minimum wage, how long is it going to take you to save that? A lot of people will never be able to.’

Marco Robinson, 48, of Preston, is giving away a £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment for FREE. See rossparry story RPYFLAT: A millionaire who spend his childhood sleeping on park benches is giving away an entire flat. Marco Robinson, 48, is offering up the £120,000 fully-furnished and mortgage-free three-bedroom apartment to a suitable individual or family. The lucky winner will be selected over the course of the next six weeks through a documentary Marco is making alongside Channel 4. Marco said he spent his childhood sleeping on park benches with his mum before he was hauled out of poverty.
Apply by February 2 for a chance of winning (Picture: SWNS)

‘I hope too that I can inspire other people like me – people richer than me – to look at doing something similar.

‘People need a break and the council can’t give you that any more.

‘Council houses have disappeared, Help to Buy is hard to get and we need to believe in people again.’

Those who fancy their chances of getting their hands on Marco’s flat should be over 18 and are asked to explain in no more than two paragraphs why they should be considered.

Email: apply@myfreeproperty.com, visit www.myfreeproperty.com or the Facebook page @ThePropertyProgramme. Alternatively, call 03300415105.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday, February 2.

– http://metro.co.uk/

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