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Caring woman shares lottery success with hospice

A lottery winner donated £500 to a hospice so more patients can benefit from the wonderful care her mother-in-law was given. 
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Janet Waite, 76, who suffered from a series of health problems, spent the last month of her life at Saint Francis Hospice before she died in September. 

So the first thing her daughter-in-law Melanie Waite (pictured) decided to do after winning the hospice's lottery £1,000 jackpot, was to give half of the money back to the charity.

"It was such an invaluable source of help at a difficult time," said Melanie, who lives in Hornchurch with her husband Mick.

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"It helped my mother-in-law to pass with dignity and peace, also helping the family so much too."

"We spent her last day together and as sad as the situation was, it was lovely too. We can look back and appreciate it now." 

Janet had previously been treated at the Royal London Hospital and once it became clear she wouldn't recover she wanted to be moved to Saint Francis Hospice.

"We had to wait for a bed to become available but we were so glad she was able to come to the hospice," said Melanie.

"It was a beautiful environment and a much more homely experience than being in hospital. The nurses cared for her so well and even moved Janet's bed into the bays so she could see out of the window. That meant so much to her because she loved her garden and worked as a florist. We know the hospice is underfunded and wanted to do everything we can as a family to help this valuable asset."

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "It is thanks to our regular players like Melanie 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 £2,000 in the draw to be made on Friday, December 11th. 

Earlier this year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover! You can sign up to the hospice lottery online at www.sfh.org.uk/lottery or call 01708 771433."