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Submitted by lcarson on 15 January, 2015 - 15:33

Katharine House Hospice’s Christmas Snowball lottery has brought a great start to 2015 with winter windfall prize of £2500 for a local pensioner who has scooped the top prize. The second prize of £250 was also awarded to a local Stafford supporter.

The hospice is delighted that a local Stafford supporter Frederick Barnett, 93 of Stafford has won the big prize. Mr Barnett, is a war veteran and he and his wife have lived in Stafford all of their lives.   

“We have donated hundreds of pounds to various charities over the years, but we have never won a penny”. “When we got the news, I said to my husband somebody’s fooling us” said Mrs Barbara Barnett, 90.

Mr Barnett said “I joined the Katharine House lottery because I thought I’d make a fortune!  When Katharine House was formed 25 years ago; we thought it was a fantastic facility to bring to Stafford as so many local people needed help.  Right from the start we have supported the hospice in some way.”

When asked how they will spend their winnings, Frederick and Barbara replied “We will share some with our daughter, and maybe when the weather gets a bit better we will buy a new scooter!”

The hospice lottery sees 150 local winners every week ranging from £5 to a £1000 top prize for a weekly fee of £1. The Snowball Lottery’s mammoth £2500 was a one off top prize to celebrate the culmination of Katharine House’s 25th anniversary year. In-keeping with the theme, the second prize was £250 and there were ten runner's up prizes of £25.

Lisa Hadley, Income Generation Manager at Katharine House Hospice said “We are delighted that a couple such as Fred and Barbara have won this year’s Snowball draw.  They have supported the hospice for a very long time so it’s great that they have won such a wonderful prize.  All of us at Katharine House would like to congratulate Fred & Barbara, and thank them for their continued support”.

“Simply by playing the Katharine House Lottery all our supporters are winners –thanks to them we can continue to provide free care for local people with progressive illnesses at Katharine House Hospice, in the community and provide support for their families”

For more information about the weekly lottery or to join today click here or contact the Fundraising Department on 01785 270808 or email