Celebrating lottery win

5th January 2016

A long standing hospice supporter has had a great start to 2016 after winning £3,000 on the hospices lottery.

Mrs Shirley Wickens from Drakes Broughton couldn’t believe her luck as the big win is her second on the hospices lottery – she scooped £1,000 less than two years ago.

“I must have a lucky number,” said Mrs Wickens, “I couldn’t believe I had won again! I support the lottery as hospices are such a good cause.”

Grandmother of 5, Mrs Wickens plans to spend the money on a holiday to Norfolk later in the year with a friend.

Mrs Wickens, who is retired from her job at Worcester Heat Systems, joined the hospices lottery in 2004.

Dawn Scott, Lottery Manager, said, “We were delighted to give the prize cheque to Mrs Wickens. This is only the third time since we introduced the rollover in 2011 that we’ve hit £3,000 prize money so it’s a great one to win.

There are 10,000 members who play the lottery, which is a joint venture between St Richard’s Hospice, Acorns Children’s Hospice and Primrose Hospice.

The Hospices Lottery offers local people the opportunity to support all three hospices based in Worcestershire. The prize funds for the Lottery are £1700 per week.  To find out more go to

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.








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The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
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