Double joy as Burntwood woman becomes a grandmother and lands the St Giles Hospice jackpot on the same day

A Burntwood woman is enjoying a double celebration after welcoming her first grandchild and winning the jackpot on a charity lottery on the same day.

Alison Barker, who works as an emergency nurse practioner, had been playing the St Giles Hospice game for three years.

And she admitted her win had been followed by an even better reason to smile.

Jo Rushton from St Giles Hospice with winner Alison Barker

Jo Rushton from St Giles Hospice with winner Alison Barker

“I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d won,” she said. “It’s so fantastic and it was made even better when my grandchild Charlie Benjamin was born on the same day.

“I’ve given some of the winnings to my family to help them out.

“It’s so fantastic to be a jackpot winner – I’ve never won anything before. It feels great not only because you win, but also because you’re giving something back to a great cause.”

Alison, who lives in Chasetown, decided to support the charity after her mum, Joy Radford, was cared for at a hospice in Exeter before she passed away.

She said: “My support for hospices started when I lost my mum in 2000, after she was really well looked after at a hospice in Exeter, which is where we lived before moving to Staffordshire.

“When we moved here I wanted to work for St Giles Hospice, however a more permanent position in the NHS came up first, but it really made me understand the importance of supporting their work and that it’s such a good place for people to spend the end of their lives, so I decided to play the lottery.”

Since it was established in 1997, the St Giles Hospice Lottery has raised over £15 million for the charity and is one of the most successful lotteries of its kind in the UK. It costs £1 a week to play. For more details visit www.stgileshospice.com/lottery, or call 01543 434020.

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