A former draughtsman who won over £7,000 in our hospice lottery says his only treat will be a new overcoat.
83-year-old Charles Leighton of Cherry Tree, Blackburn has already made a donation back to the hospice after the weekly draw in January, and has pledged to donate the majority of his winnings to charities close to his heart.
Mr Leighton said that he’s always been careful with money, and his recent win wouldn’t change that. He said “It came out of the blue. I needed my eyes doing and was considering going private, but I’ve already accounted for that. I’ve always been sensible with money, and I still am. The majority of the prize will go to a couple of charities I support and I’ve already given the hospice a donation.”
He added: “It’s important support things like hospice, especially with it being so local. I didn’t join the lottery to win, but it was a nice surprise.”
He described the moment he found out he’d won as ‘pleasant shock’. The retired team leader worked all his life for Leyland motors where he met his wife who was a shorthand typist. The pair married when Charles was 41, but his wife died about 5 years ago after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
He added that the only thing he needs is a new coat: “My old one’s looking a bit ragged, so I’ll probably get a new one.”
The hospice lottery costs just £1 per week and the weekly jackpot is £1,000. The rollover prize can reach up to £10,000. Sign up online or call 01254 287013.