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St Helena Hospice supporter scoops ?10,000 maximum rollover jackpot

Christmas came come early for the lucky winner of the ?10,000 rollover jackpot where a winner was guaranteed.

Christmas came come early for the lucky winner of the £10,000 rollover jackpot where a winner was guaranteed.

Mrs Michelle Macrae of Manningtree has been playing the lottery for over five years and was delighted to have won this top prize unexpectedly in the 1st December draw.

She said: “I’m still completely in shock from last week when I got the call to say I had won. I had no idea the rollover had been going for so long. The money I have been donating every month since 2012 is just part of my monthly outgoings; I never envisaged winning that amount of money, and what a perfect time of year to win £10,000 – it’s amazing!”

The excitement had been building over several weeks as the rollover jackpot increased by £250 each week it was not won, creeping nearer and nearer to the £10,000 milestone.

This is the first time the jackpot has reached this amount since the rollover draw was launched in December 2013. In fact, the highest it has ever reached previously, was £7,500 won by a lucky Friends of the Wisdom Hospice player in July 2016. 

Michelle, along with her mother and 2 year old son were welcomed by the lottery team and Mark Jarman-Howe, CEO of St Helena Hospice to be presented with her cheque at Myland Hall, the home of St Helena Hospice. She explained how she is looking forward to spending her winnings on a little pampering and would like to put some money aside to take her son to Lapland when he’s a little older.

Michelle first joined Your Hospice Lottery following a conversation with a St Helena Hospice fundraiser, who actively promotes the lottery in the local area. She recalls: “When a small charity is on your doorstep I think you should support them if you can in any way shape or form. I would say to anyone who gets to know about the lottery, just go for it and sign up. It’s just a small amount to give and makes such a massive difference. You’ve got to be in it to win it!” 

Alex Howe, Head of Lottery, adds: “Many congratulations to Michelle on scooping this epic jackpot prize and I hope it will make your Christmas this year extra special. Thank you for your continued support in playing the lottery for St Helena Hospice, your membership really does make all the difference to patients and their families in need of hospice care. This is a really special win for Your Hospice Lottery as it is the highest ever jackpot prize given away in the history of the draw.”



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Joanne’s Journey

“I needed a lifeline”,”

Hagley resident, Joanne, was diagnosed with multiple Myeloma in October 2013.

Joanne said, “At the beginning of my journey, I wondered how I was going to face the prospect of chemotherapy and losing my hair. How would I feel emotionally? Was I going to be able to cope with it all? The period before starting chemotherapy, I began to get very tired, my joints ached and I found that the one hundred and ten per cent I normally put into my job as a Teaching Assistant was reducing very fast.  I needed a life line.

I spoke to my GP and I can’t thank him enough because it opened a door to KEMP Hospice.  The word ‘hospice’ had always conjured up in my mind, elderly men and women lying silently in hospital beds or sitting asleep in old high back chairs waiting for their next meal. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality KEMP Hospice was my lifeline – it is a vibrant, warm friendly place that provides a great many services to people with life limiting illness in the Wyre Forest.”

The support from the Hospice included help through counselling to enable Joanne to deal with the emotional strain of her treatments.  Joanne, like many people, found this service enormously helpful.  She also benefitted from complementary therapy in the early stages of her chemotherapy, she said, “There is nothing better than a shoulder and neck massage when you’re feeling wound up!”

Joanne has now completed her course of chemotherapy and she is still being supported by the Hospice, mainly from their physiotherapist, Jackie Godfrey who is helping Joanne to regain some of her physical strength and improve muscle tone, which will enable her to walk up and down the stairs independently.  She is looking to the future and has returned to work part time is helping at her local amateur theatre group on some weekends.

She commented, “I am so grateful to everyone at KEMP, without them, I think I would have reached rock bottom. I know that the money to provide the services comes mainly from voluntary donations, so I’ve started raising money.  I want other people who are going through tough times either with a life limiting illness or experiencing bereavement to be able to have a lifeline just like me.   I know what an amazing difference the Hospice services make and I want others to benefit.”