Carole scoops £2,000 lottery jackpot
“You don’t even notice £1 a week going to the hospice – I never expected to win the lottery jackpot but it was a lovely surprise.”
A St Catherine’s Hospice supporter who recently won our weekly lottery jackpot is urging more people to join the scheme.
Grandma-of-two Carole Walmsley was amazed to win the £2,000 prize, and is planning to put her winnings towards a holiday break.
She says: “I’ve been a member of the St Catherine’s lottery for about 20 years and I’ve won a few smaller prizes, but I never thought I’d win the jackpot! I was so surprised when I got the call.
“It will be nice to plan a little break away, and treat the family at Christmas.”
The hospice lottery costs just £1 a week to play, with a £2,000 winner announced every Friday, plus other cash prizes up for grabs including a rollover which can reach £5,100.
Carole, from New Longton, adds: “You really don’t notice spending £1 a week, it’s nothing really, but I know that it all adds up for the charity and really helps the cause, so it’s a brilliant way to support the hospice.
“I like giving something back to the community, and you never know when you or your family might require the services of St Catherine’s. I’ve had friends cared for by the hospice over the years and it’s such a wonderful charity which is really needed.”
Sheila Kennard, head of the charity’s lottery and promotions team, says: “We’re delighted that one of our long-standing members has won the jackpot – but anybody could be this week’s winner! We’ve had people win the top prize straight after they’ve signed up, so there’s never been a better time to tell your family and friends, or join the scheme yourself if you’re not already a member.
“The lottery is very important for St Catherine’s because it’s a reliable source of income which we can depend on each week, helping us to budget and plan for the future.
“As Carole says, it’s only £1 a week which most people wouldn’t think twice about putting towards a takeaway pizza or a drink at the pub, but it really does make a difference to our on-going efforts in helping more local people enjoy quality of life to the end of life, as we care for people with life-shortening illnesses at the hospice and in their own homes.”
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