4th October 2016

Hospices Lottery winner cruises into New Year

A lucky hospices lottery winner will be cruising into 2017 after coming up trumps on the charities’ bumper draw.

Ms Vivien McWhirter from Pershore has won top prize in the draw of a six day cruise for two to France and Spain worth £1,000, thanks to Spire Travel in Worcester.

Ms McWhirter said, “It’s fantastic to win. I’ve never been on a cruise but always wanted to go. I couldn’t believe when I was told I had won and it’s taking some time to sink in.”

Ms McWhirter joined the Hospices Lottery ten years ago and has previously won a cash prize.

She was prompted to join the lottery after being encouraged to support hospice care by a friend who was a St Richard’s Hospice volunteer.

This is the first time the Hospices Lottery bumper draw has offered specific prizes and supporters have helped raise over £20,000 for local hospice care.

Paul Knapper of Spires Travel and Travel & Tourism student Stephanie Hughes draw the winning ticket

Paul Knapper of Spires Travel and Travel & Tourism student Stephanie Hughes draw the winning ticket

The second prize of afternoon tea for two at St Andrew’s House Hotel, Droitwich was won by Mrs Neale of Redditch and third prize of a spa day for two at Malvern Spa was won by Mrs Wilson of Worcester.

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 three hospices based in Worcestershire. The prize funds for the Lottery are £1700 per week.  To find out more go to www.strichards.org.uk/raise-funds/join-our-hospices-lottery/

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 2,500 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.