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Cabbie hails £1,000 lottery win

A taxi driver got a dream tip without even having to get behind the wheel of his cab.
John Sargood with cheque (cropped)
John Sargood, 74, signed up to the Saint Francis Hospice lottery after the charity cared for his wife Fiona before she died in June 2011 and he was delighted to discover he had won the £1,000 weekly prize.

"The hospice is an amazing charity and it was so good to my wife and to me," said John, from Collier Row.

"It wasn't until my wife went there that I realised how much the hospice actually does.

"I used to think it was where people went at the end of their life but there is so much more going on."

John has been attending the bereavement group at the hospice for the past four years and it has helped him to cope with his wife's death.

"The bereavement group has really helped me and now I like to help other people who are grieving," said John.

"The most important thing about the group is you can go there and everyone who is there has gone through what you have gone through. 

"You can cry your eyes out or say what you think, every level of emotion happens in that group."

The grandfather also supports Saint Francis Hospice's Light up a Life event as well as sponsoring a nurse and having a leaf dedicated to his wife on our Memory Tree.

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "It is thanks to our regular players like John that 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 of £5,000 in the draw to be made on Friday, October 9. 

Earlier this year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover! You can sign up to the hospice lottery here or call 01708 771433."

John Sargood without cheque

Lottery winner John Sargood