Grandma wins holiday of a lifetime

22 October 2014

A GRANDMA from Hindley Green has won the holiday of a lifetime after making the winning bid in an auction held by Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Grandma wins holiday of a lifetimeJean Hilton, 64, won an all-inclusive 5-star holiday to the Dominican Republic which was given to the Hospice by an anonymous donor from Wigan.

The winning bid of £1,000 will be put towards the Counting on Care appeal launched by the Hospice on Tuesday. The appeal aims to raise £60,000 towards the cost of modernising the inpatient unit and making it dementia-friendly.

Bids were invited from Monday, October 6th until the closing time of 4pm on Thursday, October 9th.

Jean said: "At 4.10pm on Thursday I said to my daughter Joanne I had been outbid and knew that I wouldn't win it. Then at 4.20pm Christine from the Hospice rang and I was screaming and running around the kitchen and I couldn't talk for laughing.
"It's somewhere we've never considered going because it's so expensive - winning is like something out of a dream."

Jean has taken her brother Bob Rothwell, 69, from Leigh along with her on the holiday.

He said: "When she told me about the holiday I thought she was kidding, it's the trip of a lifetime. It didn't really sink in until she said I'd better get packing."

During their two-week break the siblings are staying at the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo in the breath-taking island resort of Cayo Levantado. A superior junior suite has been booked which comes complete with private bath and 24-hour room service.

Supporters of the Hospice can help boost the appeal in a number of ways or come up with their own creative ideas.

The Hospice is asking people in Wigan and Leigh to enjoy a pie and peas meal with friends and family and simply ask for a donation from each person in aid of our appeal. A Fundraising Pack can be downloaded from

Supporters can also join the Hospice weekly lottery. The lottery gives the Hospice a regular income it can depend on and currently pays for almost 700 days of care on the inpatient unit. A form can be downloaded from or call the fundraising team on 01942 525566.

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