Heavenly windfall for mother of three
Natalie Grace has been playing the Saint Francis Hospice lottery ever since her husband's nan Jo Roberts, 70, died of liver cancer at the hospice in 2012.
And Natalie was delighted to discover she had won the weekly jackpot the day after her daughter Olivia was christened.
"I just couldn't believe it," said Natalie, from Hornchurch. "It felt like she was looking down on us and trying to help us.
"I signed up as a way of donating to the hospice and never thought any more of it. "The care she received was fantastic.
"My husband Daniel and his mum stayed at the hospice in a family room and we were all able to visit and be by her side.
"It was so lovely and private."
The family have already organised numerous fundraising events for the charity including coffee mornings, a singing evening and her brother in law Dean Brindley also ran the London Marathon.
"She would have loved what everyone has done for the hospice," she added.
"She would have wanted to help anyone twice as much as they helped her."
David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Natalie 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 in the draw to be made on July 24th of £2,000.
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 or call 01708 771433."