Elsie wins Hospice draw

21 October 2014

A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER from Leigh has scooped £3,000 in the Wigan and Leigh Hospice annual Summer Draw.

Lottery winner ElsieElsie Gibson, 75, was in hospital when she discovered she had won the top prize which was drawn on Friday, August 15th.

Mrs Gibson said: "When I opened the letter I could see there was a cheque in there. I was in bed and my son was in one corner and my granddaughter Charlotte was with him so I said that I must have won something on the draw. I couldn't read the numbers and said it would lovely if I'd won £25 or £50 so I asked Charlotte to take it to her daddy so he could see how much it was for. She looked at it and said 'my goodness nana, it's for £3,000' and I thought she was joking.
"I have never won anything before and this was lovely because I needed a little boost."

The grandmother of five and great-grandmother to baby Jack almost missed out after leaving her ticket stubs in a diary. Fortunately, she realised a week before it was drawn and sent her ticket stubs to the Hospice in time.

"I never thought anything of it when I got a letter," added Mrs Gibson. "I do get some correspondence from the Hospice because my husband Jack died at Christmas and he went to the Day Hospice.
"He went three or four times and really enjoyed it but in the end he got too poorly to go. It's not been a good six to nine months - I had a big operation and I'm having to have chemotherapy - so to win this was lovely.

Following her win Mrs Gibson treated her grandchildren and is hoping to have a holiday in the Lakes. She is also going to start playing the Hospice lottery regularly in order to support the Hospice and hopefully enjoy another win.

The Hospice's regular lottery is drawn every Friday when the top prize is £1,000.
Once a year this is upped to £3,000 when regular players are all eligible to win but anyone is welcome to buy a one-off ticket.

There are 30 prizes to be won every week in the regular lottery which helps the Hospice by giving us a regular income we can depend on. The lottery currently helps the Hospice to fund almost 700 days of patient care on our inpatient unit.


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