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Numbers add up for former teacher
A retired teacher is celebrating after winning the weekly £1,000 jackpot on the Saint Francis Hospice lottery.
Gillian Hutchins, 77, has been a big supporter of the hospice for many years and previously worked as a volunteer in the tea bar at Romford Magistrates' Court to raise funds for the charity.
And it is especially close to her heart after her husband Leslie Hutchins was cared for by its Hospice at Home team before he died of lung cancer in 2011.
"The hospice is an absolute God send for patients and their families," said Gillian (pictured) from Hornchurch.
"They provided special equipment for Leslie and towards the end someone was always there if we needed anything.
"It meant so much to me and my family."
The great grandmother is now looking forward to sharing her windfall with her family.
"It is such wonderful news," she added.
"I will be treating my grandchildren.
"Some of them are going on school trips and I will help them with that."
David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "It is thanks to our regular players like Gillian 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 £5,500 in the draw to be made on October 16th.
Earlier this year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover! You can sign up to the hospice lottery here or call 01708 771433."