01 April 2015

Hemel lady wins Hospice Lottery rollover

A very lucky supporter of The Hospice Lottery Partnership (HLP) from Hemel Hempstead won the £9,600 Rollover Prize on Friday 27 March.

The £200 Rollover Prize which rolls each week until it is won, is capped at £10,000 and had been rolling for 48 weeks creating a real buzz in the HLP office and with their supporters, resulting in increased sales of tickets across HLP’s catchment area.

Mrs Aylward, a member of The Hospice Lottery since 2012, has previously won two small amounts but was absolutely delighted to win big; “Wow! What a lovely surprise. I joined HLP to give something back to local charities – the care that these hospices give is so special – I never expected to win!”

Mrs Aylward signed up to the lottery while at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood receiving cancer treatment of her own.

“I’ve won two other things recently – a photo session with a professional photographer and 4 tickets for the Bobby Moore Suite at Wembley to watch Saracens – but this is the icing on the cake, thank you!”

Mrs Aylward used to be a Community Nurse Manager working alongside nurses from HLP partner hospices, Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, part of Rennie Grove Hospice Care and The Hospice of St Francis and is more than aware of the fantastic work they do. “It’s such a small world!” she commented.

When asked what she would spend the money on she said “Well it hasn’t really sunk in yet, but after 3 years I hopefully come to the end of my treatment in May, so a nice long holiday is definitely in order. But I would also like to donate back £600 to HLP to say ‘thank you’.”

Her Husband also joked that some of it will probably go on wool as she loves knitting so much!

Belinda Ellis, from HLP said “When we presented her with her cheque, you could see the excitement in her eyes and her genuine appreciation. It’s moments like that, that make our job even more special.”

Collectively on an annual basis, the money raised by HLP members can pay the salaries of 36 hospice nurses for a whole year.

To join The Hospice Lottery Partnership, for as little as £4.34 a month, please call 01442 891459 or visit their website at www.hospicelottery.org.uk.