They were all absolutely delighted when they opened their cards.”
Queenscourt Lottery member Jan Grimster has taken on a second number in response to our recent Lottery campaign, as she still remembers the help and support her family received during her father’s final weeks.
Jan’s father Bill Kerr was among the first patients to be cared for by the Queenscourt at Home Service in 2009 and had also been an in-patient at Queenscourt for a short time. The combination of the care he received on site and at home changed his family’s perception of hospice care forever.
“It is a marvellous place, so different from what we expected,” said Jan. “We were all made to feel so welcome and they couldn’t do enough for us - both during Dad’s illness and after he died. It completely changed my view of what a hospice is.
It was thanks to Queenscourt that my father died surrounded by his family, in his own home and with Vera Lynn playing on the CD – just as he had wanted.”
Jan has played Queenscourt’s Lottery for several years now and had no hesitation when asked to consider taking a second number. “It really is such a great cause and the extra £1 a week is a drop in the ocean, but will make a big difference to Queenscourt.”
If you are interested in playing Queenscourt Lottery for only £1 per week or want to double your chances of winning a weekly top prize of £1,500 and take out a second number like Jan, we would be very grateful. Your support makes all the difference to help Keep Queenscourt in Service as we celebrate our Pearl Anniversary year. Please visit www.queenscourt.org.uk/Lottery to learn more and join on-line.
Sasha McKenzie still can’t quite believe she scooped the £1,500 top prize in our weekly Lottery having
only signed up to play to support Queenscourt and the vital services we provide.
“I'm still in shock,” said Sasha. “I never win anything! I set up the Lottery to support Queenscourt and never thought about actually winning, I just wanted to give back each month to the most incredible and deserving charity.”
Sasha added: “I've always lived in Southport and seen first-hand the incredible work the hospice does, not only for the patients but the support it gives to their families too. It is such a deserving, amazing charity and I couldn't be happier to support it.”
The Lottery winnings are going to be put towards Sasha’s wedding next year, although she’s going to buy a few treats for her young family too.
Sasha is keen to encourage others to join our Lottery. “I just want to say if anyone is thinking of signing up to the Lottery then absolutely do it,” she said. “Not only are you putting crucial funds into the most deserving of charities and making an amazing difference, you also have the chance of winning money too!”
For more details of our Lottery and how to join, please visit www.queenscourt.org.uk/lottery.
Student nurse Lucy Gore must be our luckiest Lottery player having won her second jackpot in just 18 months!
When Dr Colette Nugent joined Queenscourt’s weekly Lottery last December, winning was the last thing on her mind – she simply wanted to support the hospice.
She was therefore very surprised to receive a call telling her she had actually won the £1,500 jackpot! Dr Nugent immediately made up her mind that she would use some of the winnings to support Queenscourt.
In celebration of the 25th birthday of Queenscourt’s weekly Lottery, the hospice’s summer raffle offered its biggest ever cash prize of £2,500 which has been won by Dennis Glover of Scarisbrick.
Mr Glover and his wife, Anne, have played the Lottery and entered the raffles for about five years, but never expected to win.