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Hospice patients scoop lottery win

1st September 2016

Anne Crowder and Patricia Withey

Two St Richard’s Hospice patients are celebrating after coming up trumps on the charity’s lottery.

Patricia Withey, 83 from Worcester, scooped £1,000 on the lottery, just four months after joining as a way of supporting hospice care.

Mrs Withey, is supported by the St Richard’s Day Hospice as well as a Community Nurse Specialist who visits her at home.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had won, I was thrilled to bits.” Mrs Withey added, “Everyone at the hospice is absolutely wonderful, they are angels.”

The lucky winner has shared her good fortune with family and plans to have her conservatory decorated.

Another recent winner is Anne Crowder from Malvern who picked up £400 in the hospices lottery.

Mrs Crowder was also relatively new to the lottery when she was told of her win. “I couldn’t believe it either,” she said as she sat next to Mrs Withey at the creative therapy table in Day Hospice.

Mrs Crowder, who has Parkinson’s Disease, says she will buy more hospice lottery tickets for her family so they have a chance to win but will spend some time thinking about what to do with the rest of her prize.

She said, “I love St Richard’s, it’s like heaven with the gates shut. Every member of staff and volunteer I meet is magnificent. I couldn’t ask for support from anywhere better.”

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 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.