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Lucky £1 ticket nets man £10,000

A man is celebrating his good fortune after winning £10,000 on a summer raffle.
Prize winners receive their cheques
Raymond Woodland, 69, was delighted to discover he had the winning ticket in the Saint Francis Hospice's summer raffle. 

And the only decision the retired office worker from Chigwell had to make was whether to take the money or a brand new Fiat 500 Pop.

Pic B Summer raffle 2015 winners collect cheques 28 Aug 2015
"I wanted to support Saint Francis Hospice as I know how important it is to have a hospice in our community," said Raymond, who decided to take the £10,000 prize. 

"My dad had bowel cancer and died in a hospice in Worthing.

"He was well looked after and was lucky to end his days in a hospice."

Sharon Hammerton, 46, from Hornchurch (pictured alongside Dr Corinna Midgley, the Medical Director at Saint Francis Hospice (centre) and Raymond Woodland) scooped the second prize of £500 and the windfall came just as the family were flying out to Florida to enjoy an exciting holiday in the sunshine. 

Buying the summer raffle tickets is just one of the ways Sharon has been supporting Saint Francis Hospice since it cared for her father Robert Morse before he died of lung cancer.

"He was only there for seven days but it was where he wanted to go," said Sharon.

"He felt at peace there and he loved the hospice. He thought it was a wonderful place and everyone took such great care of him. 

"It is such a lovely surprise to win as I never expected to hear anything back."

The third prize of £250 went to Geraldine Conner from Collier Row who works as an Endoscopy Secretary at Queen's and King George hospitals. 

Geraldine explained why she supported the hospice by playing their raffle: "My mum passed away at the hospice nearly 12 years ago. She had been in the Inpatient unit for a week so I help the hospice because they were there for my mum and me when we needed them".
 
A further ten people won £25 John Lewis vouchers.

David Holmes, acting Head of Individual Giving at the hospice, said, "We are delighted for our lucky winners and we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to Glyn Hopkin Romford for all their support.

"This year our summer raffle is just one of our fundraising initiatives which enable us to provide the best care and service to everyone we support at the hospice and in the community."

Pic B Summer raffle 2015 winners collect cheques 28 Aug 2015
Staff at Saint Francis Hospice including Medical Director Dr Corinna Midgley (centre) and Acting Head of Individual Giving, David Holmes (2nd from right) congratulate the top three prize winners in this year's summer raffle.
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