A Tamworth family who bought extra St Giles Hospice lottery tickets at this year’s Solstice Walk are celebrating after scooping a £1,000 prize.
Brian Sadler, of Mildenhall, and his wife Carol, who have played the hospice lottery regularly for more than 10 years, bought more tickets while they and daughter Bianca were attending the Lichfield event to support their fundraising niece Jackie Majer.
Jackie was taking part in the walk on 22nd June in memory of her dad Paul, who died of cancer two years ago after being cared for at home with the support of St Giles.
Brian said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news – we’re delighted to win and it’s come at just the right time. This will give us some extra spending money for our holiday and my wife wants to use some of our winnings for a much-needed new garden fence.
“We buy a regular lottery ticket but never realised you could buy extra rollover tickets so my wife said “we’ll have some of those” when we saw them at the Solstice Walk. When we checked the results online the next week it said there was one unclaimed prize – and our number came up!”
The Sadlers began playing the hospice lottery to support St Giles after the hospice cared for their nephew Adam Sadler, who died from muscular dystrophy 17 years ago.
“The hospice helped Adam and supported us after he died. We’ve never forgotten the kindness of the staff there,” said Brian. “More recently the hospice cared for Jackie’s dad Paul. Paul was only 54 when he died and it was a terrible shock for the family, but St Giles helped him to live at home through his illness and were a great support to his family in their grief after he passed away.
“We’ve always been grateful to St Giles and it is so good for the community to know that they are there for us when we need them. So many people – especially young people – don’t really think that one day they could fall ill or suddenly be diagnosed with something life-changing.
“But when it happens it can be a real struggle and you need a lot of support – and that’s when you understand how important St Giles are to local people.”
St Giles lottery players fund the care of one in ten patients supported by the hospice. For just £1 players have the chance to win a weekly jackpot of £1,000 and up to £20,000 in a rollover draw.
Lottery Manager at St Giles Hospice, Alison Jerram, said: “By playing the St Giles Lottery you can make a real difference to the lives of people living in your local community when they need it most.
“Letting our winners know about their good fortune is one of the great joys of the St Giles lottery and it is especially nice when longstanding supporters like Brian win a prize. We’d like to congratulate Brian and hope he and his family enjoy a wonderful holiday.”