A COUPLE are celebrating scooping thousands of pounds on a hospice lottery scheme – on the same day of their 37th wedding anniversary.
Carol Woolley could not believe it when she found out she and husband Roy had scooped the £2,000 top prize in the St Giles Hospice Lottery as they celebrated their years of wedded bliss together.
The long-standing supporter of St Giles, who lives in Burton, revealed that, while she was delighted to receive the unexpected anniversary present, she was happy just to take part in the lottery to help fund such a ‘worthy charity’.
The 71-year-old said: “We found out on our wedding anniversary when a young lady from St Giles rang us to say I’d won the jackpot. I was shocked to say the least – but it was a nice shock!
“We went out for a meal as normal to celebrate.
“We haven’t yet decided what to spend the winnings on, but it’s nice just to know it’s there to spend when we’ve decided!”
Mrs Woolley, who has two sons and two grandchildren, Thomas and Amy , is one of 10 siblings, and has first-hand knowledge of the high-quality care the hospice provides for those living with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Her eldest sister Mary was cared for by St Giles 30 years ago, not long after the hospice opened, before she passed away.
Then two years ago, she lost another sister Pat, who received care from St Giles’ Hospice at Home service.
“Hospice at Home was such a wonderful service,” she said.
“I really can’t praise them enough. I think everyone from Burton knows about St Giles – there aren’t many families who haven’t been touched by their work.”
She recalled that when Pat died, she had left all her clothes washed and pressed ready to be donated to her local St Giles Hospice shop.
The pensioner added that this year she’s planning to give St Giles Hospice Lottery tickets as Christmas presents for some of her relatives to encourage them to join the lottery.
It costs £1 a week to take part and more information is available at ww.stgileshospice.com/lottery