Giving something back

Helen joined the John Taylor Hospice Lottery to support our fundraising – but then a special letter arrived for her…

Helen joined the John Taylor Hospice Lottery to support our fundraising – but then a special letter arrived for her…

Helen of Great Barr received the nicest surprise when she returned home from work one day to find a letter waiting for her from Your Hospice Lottery, who manage the John Taylor Hospice Lottery. Immediately, she thought ‘Ooh I wonder if I’ve won something?’

As she opened the envelope, she was thinking ‘I wonder if it’s £10 or maybe £25?’ When she saw it was a top prize of £1,000, she was stunned!

Prior to her exciting win on the 6th April draw, the previous few days had been a bit of a struggle for Helen as 14th April marked the third anniversary of her husband’s death. He was cared for at John Taylor Hospice.

Helen recalls: “There are no words to sufficiently describe just how wonderful the John Taylor Hospice team are. They not only cared for my husband but also provided counselling for both me and my daughter and helped us come to terms with our loss.

“I joined the John Taylor Hospice Lottery as just a small a way of giving something back to them. Never did I think that my support would also result in such a fantastic win for me.”

Helen is still undecided how to spend her winnings but said she will definitely treat herself to something nice such as a new sewing cabinet to accommodate all her patchwork quilts.

Speaking about why she plays the lottery, Helen says: “My main reason for joining was to support John Taylor Hospice but I suppose at the back of mind I also thought ‘well, you never know someone has to win the big prize – and it could be me!’

“I think the odds of winning are probably a lot better than other lotteries and you also know you are supporting a very deserving cause.”

Helen adds: “I am really pleased and proud to be a very small part of the fundraising effort. When I signed up, I did think ‘£1 a week – how can that really make a dent in the money hospices need to raise each year to keep going?’

“But, when you realise that so far Your Hospice Lottery has raised £9 million across all of its member hospices, then it underlines how important everyone’s £1 a week is – because together we can make a difference.”

For more on the John Taylor Hospice Lottery click here.

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What our patients think

“I’d have really struggled without them”

“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

“An angel sent into my life”

“I can’t thank Angie (patient and family support worker) enough for everything she’s done for us. She’s so reliable and professional – a wonderful person. She took away all these worries and was there for me in my time of need.”

Patricia Smith-Evans

“I’ve really enjoyed it”

“The FAB Programme has helped me to get fitter and my walking is better. Everyone is really nice at the hospice, they’re friendly and they’re good company. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation to me.”

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