Our latest winner in the Local Hospice Lottery draw is Sandra from Rugeley who landed a rollover prize of £3,000!
She is amongst a number of Katharine House Hospice winners drawn recently, and she also has a personal connection to our charity.
Sandra signed up for the lottery in 2019 after her friend Cathy was cared for by our amazing staff. But just a few years later, her husband also had a stay in our hospice following a bowel cancer diagnosis on Christmas Eve 2021.
Speaking about her husband’s care, Sandra said: “When Clive came to Katharine House it was like a weight had been lifted. Before he was fading every day but once he was there, he was a new person with a new lease of life and some days we honestly forgot he was ill.
“The first day he was sat up in bed doing crosswords and he looked happy. It really lifted the family and was priceless.
“They put him in a lovely large room with a view of the garden and would push his bed out there. The chef spoilt us, telling Clive he didn’t have to pick from the menu.
“The staff were amazing and I couldn’t put into words what the charity do. It was like a different world.
“When I left him at night I never worried. It was five wonderful weeks!”
‘We are so grateful to all of our lottery players’
Lyndsey Howard, Fundraising Coordinator for our charity, visited Sandra to give her the cheque.
She said: “Huge congratulations to our recent Local Hospice Lottery winner Sandra.
“It was lovely to meet her and hear such good praise about our staff and the care that her husband received, it was very heart warming.
“It was an absolute honour to deliver such good news, and I’m glad to know this will help her and her family just in time for Christmas.
“We are so grateful to all of our lottery players, the more people play, the more care and support we can offer to our local community.”
Sandra has no plans for the prize money but can see some going to her two sons and two grandchildren.
Sandra added: “I’m glad I signed up for the Local Hospice Lottery although I didn’t go in to win it. I think the hospice is a very good, worthwhile cause and would really like to get more people to join.
“I cannot emphasise how important it is to get involved, because this charity needs to keep going, to do what they do best. Where else are you going to get that kind of care.”
Cheryl Bunkle from Local Hospice Lottery also knows just how important it is to continue to raise funds, particularly in these uncertain times.
She said: “The Lottery plays such an important role in raising a regular and reliable income stream for our partner hospices and, to date, we’ve raised in excess of £55m, a huge amount, to enable hospices up and down the country to continue to provide vital care and support to those with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones.
“And we love to hear about the difference made to our lottery players and their families when they win too, so congratulations Sandra!”
It costs £3.7 million a year to provide our specialist care across mid Staffordshire, which is given for free and provided where and when it is needed most – in the community, at home, or at the hospice.
Join the lottery for a chance to win £2,000 every single week along with 200 other cash prizes – including a rollover that can reach as high as £25,000! And you’ll also be making a real difference to local families in need of our help.