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Lichfield resident helps St Giles Hospice’s lottery reach target

Diane Russell receives her champagne and flowers

Diane Russell receives her champagne and flowers

A Lichfield woman has helped a charity lotery achieve its targets ahead of schedule.

St Giles Hospice started the year aiming to sign up 2,010 new members for its fundraising game.

Diane Russell’s decision to sign-up allowed the charity to reach their target with weeks to spare.

To say thank you, St Giles presented 53-year-old Diane with a special gift of bubbly and flowers to celebrate.

Diane, who works in the kitchens at Lichfield Cathedral School, said:

“It was a lovely surprise when I found out I was the 2010th new lottery member of the year, and I’m pleased to have been able to help St Giles Hospice achieve its goal.

“I’ve never played the lottery before but I decided to become a member when a canvasser came and knocked on my door. St Giles is a very worthy cause and playing the lottery is my way of doing something good for a fantastic local charity. I’m not playing to win, but if I get lucky again and my number is drawn, it’ll be an added bonus!”

The St Giles Hospice Lottery gives away over £3,000 in prizes every week – including a £2,000 jackpot for one lucky winner – and it costs £1 a week to take part.

For seven consecutive years, the lottery has raised more than £1 million, paying for the specialist care of one in six of St Giles Hospice patients. Since it was established in 1997, it has raised in excess of £10 million for hospice care and is the most successful lottery of its kind in the whole of the UK.

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