Eight lucky people have scooped £1,000 and 117 have won £25 on Derian House’s lottery in July, with winners having already splurged on holidays, home improvements, and anniversary dates to name a few.
The draw costs just £1 per week and players could win up to £25,000 whilst supporting their local children’s hospice and helping to provide care for children and young people whose lives are too short.
One lucky winner of £1,000 was Amy Jones, a Social Worker who lives with her husband and six-year-old daughter in Wythenshawe.
“I was so surprised when I won.” Said Amy. “I actually missed the first time they called me and when they did the second time I thought they were winding me up! It was the day before my 10th wedding anniversary too which was a bonus.
“I used some of the money to buy myself a bike. My daughter Alice is getting really good on her bike – she’s been whizzing around everywhere – and I want to be able to cycle along with her. The rest is being saved, but it’s definitely worth doing the lottery.
“I didn’t sign up to the lottery to win really. I did it because it’s my way of giving back to an amazing hospice. I knew a child who went there and you can see how much they do for families, it’s a really important charity for a lot of people.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice looks after more than 450 children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the North West. Care is free for families, but services cost £5.7million to run every year.
With only 17% of funding coming from statutory sources, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters and players of the lottery.
Mick Croskery, Fundraising Manager at Derian House, said: “Congratulations to everyone who won the Derian House Lottery this month!
“By playing the Derian House Lottery you’re helping us to continue to provide care for children and young people whose lives are too short.”
Playing Derian House Lottery for 6 months can enable a child to take part in an interactive session in the hospice’s colourful sensory room.
Playing for 12 months can provide a one-to-one counselling session with a Family Support Counsellor, helping families to cope with illness and bereavement.
Playing for 18 months could go towards a hydrotherapy session for a child giving them freedom from the confines of their medical equipment, allowing them to stretch their legs, relax and have fun.