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Baby lucky to be called Tyrlan and not Sag Aloo

PUBLISHED: 18:05 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 23 August 2010

NAMED: Andrew and Vissey with baby Matilda Tyrlan, pub landlady Sue and a few of the regulars.

NAMED: Andrew and Vissey with baby Matilda Tyrlan, pub landlady Sue and a few of the regulars.

WITH so many new born babies being given unusual names, one might be forgiven for thinking their parents simply pick them out of a hat. But in the case of Andrew Bone and his partner Vissey Safavi, holding a raffle to pick the middle name of their two-we

WITH so many new born babies being given unusual names, one might be forgiven for thinking their parents simply pick them out of a hat.

But in the case of Andrew Bone and his partner Vissey Safavi, holding a raffle to pick the middle name of their two-week-old daughter seemed like the ideal way to raise money for charity.

Last Sunday, a draw decided the name of "Tyrlan" for their baby Matilda, which raised £382 for Carers' Relief of Haig Gardens, Gravesend.

Tyrlan, named after a farm just outside Neath, meaning "house on the hill" was one of 60 names entered, including Sag Aloo, Marmalade, Shankly and Basil, with people paying £3 to enter one suggestion and £5 for two.

Carers' Relief provides support for people with learning difficulties and special needs and offers support and respite to their carers for residents across north Kent.

Mr Bone, 39, a former resident of Gravesend who now lives in Crystal Palace, said: "My sister Adrienne was helped by the service for many years until she died in 2004 and my dad worked voluntarily for them until he died earlier this year. My family have been very grateful to them over the years and we thought this would be a great way to thank them.

"We were both very nervous when the draw was going on, it was a bit of a risk but we are very happy with the result, it sort of quirky and its not completely mad, we are not going to have trouble explaining it to her when she is older!"

His partner Vissey, 31, said: "I am delighted with the name. We were worried that a couple of names could slip through but the end result is great. It feels quite apt."

The draw was carried out at the couple's local pub in Upper Norwood, south London. Sixteen names were chosen from the hat and a coin was tossed to see which names went through to the next round.

Denise Kilshaw, manager of Carers' Relief said: "This absolutely fantastic. We are so grateful for what Andrew has done.

"His money will go a long way towards supporting our service, it is very much needed. Today there is just not enough respite care around."

For more information about the Carers Relief Service contact 01474 536062.

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