Can you imagine getting a phone call on a Friday afternoon telling you that you’ve just won the lottery?
Derek was ecstatic to receive the exciting call informing him of his £1000 win.
“Wow brilliant, I am so so pleased if only you could see my face!”
After having some time for the news to sink in, Weldmar Hospicecare caught up with Derek to find out what he will spend his big win on.
“I was quite speechless,” says Derek, when he recalls the phone call he had to tell him the good news. “I’ve won little things in the past, the odd raffle prize, and things like that, but I’ve never been lucky enough to win that amount of money. I felt quite overwhelmed.”
The win came at a very good time for Derek, which he says will help out with two things; the rest of the winter bills with the increased cost of living, and also turning a very personal trip this April into an even more special experience.
Derek is going away with his son and his family to Paris so that Derek can finally visit his grandfather’s war grave. Horace Percy Slade, whose name is engraved on the Wareham Cenotaph, was a casualty of the First World War at the age of just 33. It’s something that Derek has wanted to do for a long time, and his family surprised him at Christmas with the news that he was finally going to go. He says his winnings will go a long way towards helping make the week even more memorable.
Derek has been playing Your Hospice Lottery, in support of Weldmar, since 2019 and says it’s so easy to do. “I was working at Dorchester market and I was asked if I wanted to sign up for the lottery. I did it straight away, because Weldmar is such a good cause. I know people who have been cared for by them, and it’s really good that they look after their husbands, wives, and families as well. I take part in the raffles that they do, and we remember our first grandchild, who we lost thirty years ago, at Christmas with Light up a Life.”
“When you think it’s only £1 a week to play, and it’s all done by Direct Debit so I don’t need to go to the Post Office, it’s so easy. I told a friend of mine about the call from Your Hospice Lottery, she was worried at first that it might not be genuine, but when she found out what it was all about, she signed up herself straight away! So you’ve got yourself another player.”
Our thanks to Derek for sharing his story. To find out how you can play the lottery to support your local hospice click below.