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Perkin Amalaraj & Tim Hanlon

Couple's tragedy with death of child and divorce after massive £4.5m lottery win

A couple who won a massive £4.5 million lottery jackpot have been hit by tragedy with a child's death and the collapse of their marriage.

Barry Chuwen, 53, and his former wife Jenny, 55, spent most of their lottery winnings on luxury properties across Glasgow after they won £4.5million in 1997.

Barry was a 27-year-old hairdresser when he became the winner of one of Scotland’s biggest-ever lotteries.

On top of properties, the couple splashed out on skiing and golfing holidays, as well as a fleet of supercars.

But just six years after their big win, their lives were turned upside down once again.

The couple had a son Ted who was stillborn (Daily Record)

Tragically, their son Ted was stillborn three months premature, after developing a rare condition called Edwards syndrome, which drastically reduces the likelihood of survival after birth.

They set up a charity called 'The Teddy Bear Foundation' to help kids with special needs, but Scotland’s charity regulator has since launched a probe into the charity.

Charity watchdog OSCR is currently investigating after serious concerns were raised about "governance and financial controls” at the organisation.

Barry admitted that the investigation put his marriage under “a lot of stress”, and the couple have since divorced after he cheated on her with a work colleague.

"Discussions over this have caused a great deal of stress for Jenny and I, on top of pressures related to business and a protracted period of ill health,” he told the Daily Record.

"I also acknowledge that during this difficult time in our lives, I developed a relationship with someone who I met through work. I have apologised to Jenny and our children and hope to continue to be a loving father to them as they grow up."

The OSCR is understood to be investigating payments that were made by the charity to a company connected to one of its trustees last year.

OSCR reportedly said: “We are concerned that there has been misconduct in the administration of the charity and consider it necessary and desirable to take protective action in respect of the charity’s property.

“We have therefore issued a formal direction to the charity’s bank preventing it from parting with any property of the charity without OSCR’s consent.”

The couple's charity The Teddy Bear Trust has spent nearly £500,000 taking kids with special needs to Euro Disney.

It has also provided youngsters with riding lessons, massage sessions and has built sensory gardens.

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