Fforestfach Man Wins £500 to Transform his Christmas

18th December 2023

“In short, people like my father never get any type of break or recognition, but they also don’t seek it out. They live and die by good and honest values.”

63-year-old, Brent Croucher, from Fforestfach has won £500, towards his Christmas shopping, thanks to the Quadrant Shopping Centre’s biggest ever give-away.

The Big £500 Giveaway asked the people of Swansea to nominate who they thought would be most deserving of this significant prize. Over a period of two weeks, the Centre received 172 nominations, with Brent’s story, capturing the judges’ hearts.

Chosen by a panel of judges made up of Quadrant staff, Brent’s nomination by his son, Lee, stood out, with Brent’s lifetime of selflessness shining throughout each part of the nomination.

Read Brent’s heartfelt nomination by his son:

“I nominate Brent Croucher, my father and grandfather to my two daughters. My father is the most generous and hard-working person I know.

“He has always put others ahead of himself and has (what I had I would describe as) ‘old-school’ work ethic, where he puts his friends, family and society in front of his own needs. He has always worked in the areas of manual labour, spending most of his working career as a roofer. Not being in a position to retire just yet, but also recognising that he isn’t getting any younger, he has recently decided to change careers and re-train as a UPVC window maker at age 63.

“He is also a wonderful and devoted grandfather to Casey and Lily, where he not only spoils them but is a great role model and demonstrates the true values of life and shows them how important it is to help and support those less fortunate than you. Having lost his wife (my mother) only four years ago, his drive and selflessness hasn’t shrunk, it has in fact grown.

“In short, people like my father never get any type of break or recognition, but they also don’t seek it out. They live and die by good and honest values. I would love him to win this award, not just to show how much we care and love him, but to also show that good people get recognised in life and are always appreciated.”

Commenting on his win is Brent Croucher: “I can’t believe I won this competition. It was totally unexpected! It means so much to me and will make such a huge difference to my Christmas. I’m of course going to use 90% of it to spoil my granddaughters, they always come first. They love JD Sports, Boots and Superdrug so this is a big treat for them. I’d like to thank my son for the nomination, which was a big shock! And I would also like to thank the Quadrant because this amount of money for Christmas means more than they’ll ever know.”

In addition to the big £500 prize winner, the panel of judges also chose a runner-up who won £250 to spend at the Quadrant. 53-year-old, Lisa Thorpe, from Swansea had scooped the runner-up prize for demonstrating the true meaning of friendship.

Since her friend’s operation in August, she has visited daily – supporting her during recovery. From lifting her spirits to cooking her food, and even redecorating her bedroom as an extra boost during such a difficult period. Lisa has shown what it means to be a true friend.

Commenting on both winners is Quadrant Shopping Centre Manager, Lisa Hartley: “We were totally overwhelmed to have read the nominations that came flooding in when we launched the competition at the beginning of December. We’re a community-led shopping centre and so being able to give-back at a time of year that can often be so difficult, was really important to us.

“The volume of selfless people in Swansea is truly incredible and although we chose Brent as our winner and Lisa as our runner-up, I cannot stress enough how fantastic each and every nomination was. Our panel of judges read every single one and we are truly blown away by the wonderful people living in our city and surrounding areas.”