A lucky Lottery player from Middlewich has won £5,000 with St Luke’s Hospice Lottery Rollover draw.
29-year-old Laura Wakeling couldn’t believe it when she received her winner’s phone call, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as her and her boyfriend are in the process of buying their first house together in Winsford.
Laura said: “I just can’t believe I’ve won! I wasn’t expecting it at all, I’m not usually a lucky person. The money will go towards our first home together so it will be a huge help. We’re hoping to be in before Christmas!”
Laura has supported the Hospice since her Nana Carole Gillett was cared for by the Inpatient Unit in Winsford eight years ago. As well as playing the Lottery, Laura has done an abseil and zipline challenge to raise money for patient care at the Hospice. She also gives up her time as a first aider with St John Ambulance at St Luke’s events including the Midnight Walk and Colour Rush.
She explained: “My Nana was only in St Luke’s for a very short time, but for those three days she was comfortable, her pain was managed, the nurses were so supportive and she passed away very peacefully in their care. She was only 58 and I was very close to her so I can never thank St Luke’s enough for everything they did. When I told my grandad I’d won the Lottery he said ‘That’s your present from Nana’.
“I didn’t join the Lottery to win, I pay each month so that the care my Nana received can be given to someone else. £4 isn’t a lot – I don’t even notice it coming out of my account – but it goes a long way for the Hospice!”
The Lottery has grown to become St Luke’s biggest single source of income and has raised more than £13 million towards patient care since its launch.
St Luke’s Lottery Manager Nicola Mainwaring said: “Congratulations to Laura. We wish her all the very best with her house purchase and we thank her for her ongoing support of the Hospice.
“The Lottery really is one of the easiest ways to support St Luke’s and still costs just £1 a week – the same as it did when it started nearly 30 years ago! The draw offers players the chance to win 35 cash prizes each week, including a £1,000 guaranteed jackpot and a Rollover of up to £5,000 – but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Why not sign up today for your chance to win big like Laura?”
To find out more about St Luke’s Lottery, and to sign up today, visit www.slhospice.co.uk/lottery