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A Ruby Celebration

Michael Wilson, a Cynthia Spencer supporter has won the top prize of £1,000 in the lottery draw. He was invited down to the hospice with his wife, Louise to meet the team and be presented with his cheque.

The win could not have been timed better, as this year they celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. So, what better way to spend their winnings than throwing a big bash for friends and family to celebrate their Ruby wedding! To make the occasion even more special the couple renewed their wedding vows at the party - a plan they'd kept secret from their 80 family members and friends!    

Nobody else knew about the vow renewal apart from Louise and Michael but then Louise’s brother and wife came down from the Hebrides where they live and Michael told Louise’s brother, meanwhile Louise told her sister-in-law and asked them to promise not to tell each other! 

Mick joined Your Hospice Lottery in 2014 after reading about it in a Cynthia Spencer Hospice newsletter having supported the charity for many years in other ways.

Louise said: “Mick and I decided to take part in the lottery to help raise funds for the wonderful care given to hospice patients and their families. Although our son did not receive palliative care in Cynthia Spencer a palliative care consultant from the Hospice joined his team of medical professionals that advised and guided Michael and us through the end of life treatment options at Northampton General Hospital. We both attended counselling after Michael's death and know how much that helped us in those early months and indeed over the following years. We know only too well that hospices rely on donations to be able to continue their wonderful work, by supporting the hospice lottery we and many others can help provide those much needed funds. None of us ever expect to be affected by life limiting illness but it happens, we lost our Son and I lost my Mum a year later, both to cancer. By supporting our local hospice we hope that the patients of the future and their families will be able to receive the same wonderful support that we had.”

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