Thu, January 26th, 2017
To receive such nice news brought a smile to her face at a difficult time...
Once again the lucky winner of Woodlands Hospice weekly lottery, Ann, won with the first ticket she had ever purchased. This follows on from our winner Alan who won £500 back in September with the first ticket he had purchased.
Ann said: “Joy called from the Hospice lottery office the Friday before Christmas to say she had something nice to tell me. I had won their weekly lottery. Not only that but it was their Superdraw so the top prize had doubled to £1,000! At the time I was feeling particularly sad as the family were trying to come to terms with the very recent news that my brother who lives in Australia had been diagnosed with cancer. So to receive such nice news brought a smile to my face.”
Ann Warburton already supports a number of charities and decided to sign up to join the Woodlands Hospice weekly lottery at Total Fitness, and won the lottery super draw prize of £1,000 on Friday 23rd December 2016.
Ann, who lives local to the Hospice, is married to Billy and has 27 year old twins Jonathan and Leanne. She has two brothers, both of whom live in Australia and an older sister Eileen. Ann is not a stranger to the Hospice having friends who have been cared for at Woodlands, and has previously taken part in the Hospice Starlight Walk and attended the Light up a Life service. Her brother had been back to the UK for a month last year to visit a very close friend who was being cared for at Woodlands.
Ann lives life to the full despite having suffered a stroke ten years ago followed by breast cancer three years later. Prior to Ann being discharged from hospital after five months following her stroke a scan identified a brain tumour which had grown over eight years. Two years further down the line the tumour was removed at Walton Neuro and thankfully was non-malignant. She enjoys water aerobics, Spanish lessons, travelling abroad and is a member of the Choir at Fazakerley Hospital. She is very aware of the importance of the work of charities and continues to benefit from the Stroke Association Support Group.
Ann said she has no immediate plans for her lottery win money as she just wants to focus on supporting her brother during his treatment.
Whilst sharing her story of her lottery win with Carole Riley from the Hospice it became clear that they were former colleagues, having worked together many years ago at GPT (GEC Plessey Telecoms). What a small world!
Carole was delighted to meet Ann again after so many years. She said: "I remember Ann for being so bubbly, always happy with a smile on her face and such a lovely person that everyone liked. She has not changed at all! She looked absolutely fab, so stylish and still with that lovely happy smile despite all the health issues she has dealt with. She is an inspiration!”
Our photo shows Ann and Carole when they met at the Hospice on Ann's recent visit to Woodlands.
If you would like to join Woodlands Hospice weekly lottery find out how here