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Lucky catch as fishing manager hooks lottery jackpot

A grandfather is looking forward to splashing out on a holiday after his line hooked £1,000 on the hospice lottery.
Arthur Birch with cheque resized
Arthur Birch, 68, signed up to the Saint Francis Hospice lottery as a way of donating to the charity, which relies on supporters to help raise the £7.3 million it needs every year to provide its services to the community.

"I know people who have died of cancer and I know about the good work the hospice does," said Arthur, from Ingatestone.

"I really wanted to support a charity where the money goes straight to organisation so it can make a real difference."

The father of three, who works as a manager at Tylers Common Fishery, is now planning to spend his windfall on a family break.

DaArthur Birch without chequevid Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Arthur 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 7th August of £500.

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