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£1,000 cash injection for DIY project

A supermarket worker will finish decorating his home faster than planned after a £1,000 lottery win. 
Geoffrey Stolz - with cheque resized
Geoffrey Stolz, 45, who won the first prize in the Saint Francis Hospice weekly lottery, signed up after the charity called at his home and spoke about the care and support it provides to the community.

"In the past five years I have lost five members of my family," said Geoffrey, from Dagenham (pictured).

Geoffrey Stolz - without cheque websized
"Three have died from cancer and two died of a heart attack. When they knocked at the door and asked me to join the lottery I said yes straight away."

The father-of-two has never had any personal contact with the hospice but he has friends whose families have been cared for by the charity.

"I know about the good work the hospice does," he said.

"I never signed up to win but it is a lovely surprise. The money has come at just the right time as we have just started decorating. Now the job will be finished quicker than I thought."

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Geoffrey the lottery raises hundreds of thousands of pounds to help fund our nurses and doctors. Each number in the weekly Saint Francis Hospice lottery costs £1 and you can have up to 20 numbers. In addition to the guaranteed weekly first prize of £1,000, 10 lucky winners each get £10 and there is a rollover second prize that can go up to £25,000. You can sign up to the hospice lottery online at www.sfh.org.uk or call 01708 771433."