Anne Aitken from Ware signed up to the St Clare Lottery after her best friend Pamela was cared for by the Hospice.
Anne said: “It was just a few days after Pamela’s funeral and I bumped into a St Clare Lottery Canvasser outside the Tesco in Harlow. Having only just experienced the care St Clare gave to Pamela and her family – it seemed like it was meant to be. So I signed up straight away! I just saw it as a donation to the Hospice – I never expected to win anything.”
Anne was lucky enough to win a £10 prize in February 2018. Anne said: “When I received the letter to say I had won a prize – and I saw that it had been drawn on my birthday – it just felt like it was another sign! It was just meant to be. I was so pleased and surprised, I decided to donate the winnings straight back to St Clare. I think that’s what Pamela would have wanted me to do.”
We are so grateful to Anne. It is thanks to kind donations such as this, and the more than £300,000 that the Lottery makes every year for St Clare, that we can fund vital care for local people like Pamela and their families. Thank you Anne!
£9,200 St Clare Lottery rollover winner, June Hall from Harlow, was awarded her lucky fortune in October 2017. June has been playing the Lottery for over 10 years and just saw her payment as a donation to a good cause – she never thought about winning and wasn’t expecting the lucky phone call that she got back in October.
June said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call from St Clare’s to say that I had won the Lottery rollover. It was a good job they told me to sit down to hear the news! I am still in shock that I have won the rollover.”
“I will carry on playing the Lottery for St Clare because it is such a good cause. You can see the difference that playing the Lottery makes to real families – and it is such a great way to support the work of the hospice.”
“My plan with the winnings is to have a new kitchen fitted. I am even going to treat myself to a new oven. This will be the kitchen that St Clare built! It is absolutely wonderful to be able to do it.”
£1,000 St Clare Lottery winner, Christine Neal from Bishops Stortford, was awarded her lucky fortune on 2 June 2017. Having previously supported St Clare in our Lottery, Christine decided it was time to reinvest in her ticket and won a lovely prize after just 2 months!
Christine said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to say I’d won – I was in shock! I’m so grateful to have won the St Clare Lottery because it will help me to continue my travels!”
As a seasoned jet-setter, Christine’s winnings will be going towards an exciting holiday in Cambodia, in addition to treats for the family and her four grandchildren.
Lucky Spring Raffle 2017 winner, Michael Starr from Saffron Walden, won £2,000 in this year’s draw on 31 March 2017. 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 2016 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.”