Tis the season to be jolly and spread the Christmas cheer, and this is exactly what a group of lottery winners are doing. They recently got together and delivered stacks of presents to children in at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
The joy of Christmas
These big-hearted group of lucky lottery winners had children beaming with excitement as they received giant advent calendars, sensory toys and gifts for Christmas.
Sharon Mather, from Bowdon, who won £12.4m in 2010, said:
“I always love this time of the year, charity is very close to my heart and it is wonderful getting together with lots of the other winners from across the region to help to spread some festive cheer.
“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the beautiful big smiles on the faces of the children when they receive their Christmas gifts.”
A lotto winner who experienced the amazing feeling of winning £2.5m in 2004, Ben Woods, said, “Christmas is a time for giving and it is always lovely to visit hospitals and charities which have also benefitted from National Lottery Good Cause funding and to spread a little more festive cheer among the staff and patients. It is my favourite time of the year and it is wonderful to be a position to be able to donate that little bit extra to such worthy causes.”
Clare White, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Charity said:
“It was lovely to welcome the National Lottery winners to Alder Hey today. Christmas is a very special time for our patients, families and staff and this was a wonderful way to kick start the celebrations. We are grateful to them for their generous gifts and support.”
Other lottery winners who ticked off Santa wish lists were:
- Ruth Breen, from Wigan. She won £1m on the lottery.
- George and Beryl Keates, from Southport won £3.5m in 2012.
- Denise and Robert Scarr, from Morecambe, who won £6.3m in April this year.
- Emma and Karl Dunkley, who won £6.5m in 2009; Debbie Mather, from Chorley, who won £5.1m in 2005
- Sean and Mel Lloyd, from Ashton-under-Lyne, who won £1.8m in January 2015.
Helen Thompson, Head of Midwifery and Nursing at University Hospital, Manchester said:
“I’d like to say a huge thanks to all of the National Lottery winners for their incredibly generous donation. It can be really hard for young patients spending time in hospital during the festive season which is why this donation will make a real difference in those staying on the Starlight ward this December.
“These gifts will help to keep a smile on the children’s faces and keep Christmas magical for many who may be away from home at this time of year.”
Thankfully, not all lottery winner stories are about drugs, bailing their ex out of jail, and of course losing their once in a lifetime winning lottery ticket. It’s good to see, that some lottery winners have their hearts in the right place, their heads screwed on properly like the ones we have just read about.