Playing with numbers to fund end of life care
Having experienced the difference hospice care can make to people's lives inspired Wendy Whittington to sign up to one of the charity's fundraising initiatives.
Wendy, 58, has been playing the lottery since 2011 and was thrilled to be the latest weekly £1,000 jackpot winner.
"My brother was cared for at the hospice more than 20 years ago and my friend was looked after by the charity five years ago and I saw how wonderful people were," said Wendy from Romford.
"The work the hospice does is amazing and people are really looked after with dignity."
Wendy, who works for Havering Council, now plans to spend her winnings on a cottage break.
David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Wendy 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 £2,500 in the draw to be made on November 18.
Wendy and her pet dog Merlin
Last 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."