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Hospice volunteer gets £1,000 payback

A grandfather is enjoying an early Christmas treat after scooping £1,000 on the hospice lottery.
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Michael Wilding, 59, who was a volunteer driver at Saint Francis Hospice for three years, won the charity's weekly jackpot prize.

"From volunteering at the hospice I know all about the wonderful work it does for people," said Michael, from Romford.

"My ex-wife's father was also cared for by the Hospice at Home team and they helped him pass away peacefully at home."

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The father of two now works full-time as a Chauffeur Bearer for Floyd and Son Independent Family Funeral Directors in Hainault but still finds the time to volunteer at events. 

And although he signed up to play the lottery as a way of donating to the hospice, discovering he was £1,000 richer was a welcome bonus.

"Every now and again I think I wouldn't mind winning something but that is not the reason I play the lottery," he added.

"Christmas is coming up so the money will definitely come in handy."

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Michael 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 December 4th of £1,500.

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."