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Watts that? Electrician gets £1,000 shock

A £1,000 lottery win may not send sparks flying but it certainly brightened up the day of a Hornchurch electrician. 
Christopher Barry with cheque (rs) (cropped)
Christopher Barry, 54, saw the care Saint Francis Hospice gave his friend Stephen Thomas before he died of a brain tumour and wanted to support the charity. 

So when he was at Frankie's Classic Car and Bike Fest in Laindon last year and found out about its lottery fundraising initiative, he decided to sign up.

Christopher Barry without cheque rs
"I thought it was wonderful how they treated Stephen with such dignity," said Christopher (pictured).

"It is such a great place and it does so much for the community and I wanted to support it in any way I could."

The father-of-two said he never expected to win anything, let alone the weekly jackpot prize, and he is now planning to buy another few lines so he can help the hospice a bit more. 

David Holmes, Head of Individual Giving at Saint Francis Hospice said: "Thanks to our regular players like Christopher 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 April 22nd. 

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."