Lucky Spring Raffle 2017 winner, Michael Starr from Saffron Walden, won £2,000 in this year’s draw on 31 March. Having been a St Clare Lottery player for many years, Mr Starr was thrilled to win first prize.
Michael said: “We like to support St Clare as we’ve had family members cared for by the Hospice. I used to sell a lot of raffle tickets to help with fundraising for St Clare and I very rarely come out winning the top prize – so it’s lovely to win the St Clare Spring Raffle!”
Michael, and his wife Vera, are yet to decide what to do with their prize winnings, but are keen to mark the occasion by putting it to good use and making some home improvements.
The Spring Raffle 2017 awarded Betty Gannicott from Theydon Bois the third prize of £500.
Betty said: “I’ve never, ever won anything before! I was in shock when I got the call from St Clare and asked them if they were sure it was mine! It was a lovely surprise.”
Betty is excited to use her winnings as spending money for when she goes on holiday to Spain later on this year.
Congratulations to Gillian Oates from Theydon Bois who won £2,600 in the St Clare Lottery. Lucky Gillian picked up the St Clare Lottery Rollover prize, which accumulates £200 for every week it is not won!
Gillian says she will be enjoying Christmas in the sun thanks to the St Clare Lottery, as she plans on spending her winnings on a lovely winter holiday.
Louise Shipp from Harlow signed up for the St Clare Lottery three years ago when a canvasser came to her door. On Friday 24 June she collected a cheque for the £1,000 first prize! She was delighted to win and very happy that her £1 per week helped to raise more than £600,000 for the Hospice in the last year.
She was delighted to win and will spend the lucky windfall on a new designer bag, a treat for her children, and by making a donation back to the Hospice!
Bob and Jacqui Pook
A husband and wife who have volunteered at St Clare for a total of 8 years have proven that good deeds do indeed bring good luck! Bob and Jacqui Pook have been dedicated volunteer gardeners since 2011 and were justly rewarded when they won £1,000 in the St Clare Lottery.
Jacqui said: “We received the leaflet for the St Clare Lottery in our goodie bags at the Midnight Walk and thought it was a fun way to support the Hospice that we love. We never thought we would be lucky enough to win first prize! We are planning to spend the money on some house improvements and a holiday with the family.”