Long-standing Saint Michael’s Community Lottery player, and jackpot winner, shares his story

Richard from Knaresborough; Lottery player for almost two decades and jackpot winner

When Richard’s wife, Lesley, was in the final stages of breast cancer during 2003, at the age of just 59, she received care at our Harrogate hospice, and Richard has never forgotten the superb care she received during her stay.

Seeking a way to support Saint Michael’s while juggling a busy family life, Richard has been a lottery player for the past 17 years.

Richard said; “The hospice was such a lovely place and so welcoming. It was a struggle when Lesley deteriorated so rapidly, and Saint Michael’s made it so much easier.

“The 24hr care Lesley received was so impressive; it wasn’t like anything we had experienced before. Each day her room was full of family and friends bringing gifts of fruit and flowers and creating almost a party atmosphere with the dedicated nurses joining in too.

“One of the things which was important were the laughs, it was a really positive place – Lesley loved to laugh, and as a family we always try to bring a little humour into what we do, so we really felt we could be at home there.

“She had a beautiful room at the hospice which was so homely, and she got a lot of pleasure from simply watching the trains and taking in the view over the viaduct or being wheeled through the beautiful Hospice grounds.

“Our 2 sons were just teenagers at the time so life was very busy, but we could all visit anytime and bring anything we liked for Lesley. We shared strawberries and cream with the nurses one day, which still makes me smile.

Lesley sadly died on 19 May 2003, following 6 weeks at Saint Michael’s.

Richard said, “The Hospice was a real lifeline at a very difficult time, when we really needed it, so I had to do something to support it.

“Playing the lottery was perfect, as it was straight forward and it has always been a bit of fun, in fact I won the £1,000 top prize a few months ago. It also creates a steady income for the Hospice which relies entirely on donations.

“I know that coronavirus has reduced fundraising income, and that’s why the lottery is so important; it is income that Saint Michaels can depend on. I also like visiting your charity shops to donate and purchase items and joining your events whenever I can.  But I will continue to play the lottery in the knowledge it is helping to support an organisation which does so much good in our society and is there for you in your hour of need.“

We are saying thank you to Richard, and all our lottery players, with ‘The Big THANK YOU £2,020 Superdraw’ on November 4, 2020. To join our lottery community or find out more: http://bit.ly/SMHLottery

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