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Retired nurse celebrates £1,000 windfall

A retired nurse is celebrating after winning £1,000 in a hospice lottery.
annette machon with cheque (cropped)
Annette Machon, 65, is so delighted to have won first prize in the Saint Francis Hospice weekly draw she is now planning to share her windfall with her family. 

"I am so delighted," said Annette. "I will be treating my husband and children." 

The grandmother has been involved with the hospice for many years. Annette was so impressed with the care her close friend Nisha Singh received before she died that she decided to join the bank staff and worked at the hospice for three years. 

"It was lovely there and really peaceful," said Annette, from Ilford. "My first contact with the hospice was when my friend was a patient there and I used to visit her. "That was when I asked to go on the bank staff."  

Annette, together with her daughter Emma Marinai, 35, also raised £300 for the hospice in 2008 by setting off on a 250km pilgrim walk which started in France and took them across the Pyrenees into Spain. 

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Annette 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 May 15th of £2,500.  Earlier this year a lucky woman from Brentwood won £24,500 on our rollover!