A Burton women who won £8,000 on the St Giles Summer Raffle is already planning to buy tickets in the next draw to support what she calls ‘a great local cause’.

Margaret Durham, from Stapenhill, was delighted when she received the phone call to say that she and husband Ron had scooped the top prize.

“Finding out we’d won the raffle was a total lovely surprise – it took me ages and ages to get over it,” she said.

“We never win anything so I just bought the tickets and put them in a drawer and forgot about them.  We were given the choice of £8,000 or a new car.

“As we’re getting on a bit we decided to choose the money to make our bathroom more elderly friendly for the future. It’s something which will make a real difference to our lives and will help both my husband and I.

“And of course we have also used some of the money to treat our family, which is something that’s wonderful to be able to do.”

Margaret has also donated some of her winnings back to the hospice and put some aside to buy some tickets in the St Giles Christmas Raffle, which launches this month (October), as she knows it is a way of St Giles raising vital funds for local people living with incurable illnesses.

“I don’t think we’ll win again but when we received the letter with the cheque it explained the Summer Raffle raised more than £70,000,” she said.

“That’s an amazing sum of money and we will continue to support the hospice by buying raffle tickets and playing the weekly lottery.

“We started supporting St Giles Hospice years ago because we wanted to help a charity in the area that supports local people.

“Since then we’ve known one or two people who’ve been treated at St Giles and it’s wonderful to know that such good care is around for people who really need it.”

St Giles Lottery Manager Alison Jerram said “We’re delighted Mrs Durham is so happy with her win and is continuing to support us by buying Christmas raffle tickets.

“Many loyal supporters buy raffle tickets on a regular basis as their way of supporting St Giles.

“We’d like to thank everyone who buys a ticket – the amazing support of our local community really makes a difference to the families we care for.”

Tickets for the Christmas Raffle are being sent out via post and are also available online, at our hospices and from lottery representatives.

Visit www.stgileshospice.com/raffle/ for more information.