Lizzy's £5000 gift from hospice

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By sophia1980 | Monday, January 20, 2014, 15:23

A Patchway woman's New Year dreams came true this year when she won the annual St Peter's Hospice Grand Christmas Raffle, and was presented with a £5000 cheque.

Lizzy Cornell, 27, has been taking part in the weekly Local Lotto for the past 18 months but decided to support the charity further by selling tickets for the annual raffle.

After selling 60 tickets to colleagues at the Bristol Ambulance Service as well as friends and family members, Lizzy bought three herself, one of which was the golden ticket.

Lizzie said: "I can't believe it at the moment, it's not sunk in yet. It's unbelievable that after pestering all my friends and family to buy a load of tickets I won myself after buying only three!

"I've been doing the Local Lotto for 18 months but not won; this is my first time taking part in the Raffle and I've been given a huge prize, it's fantastic!

"As a family we have been big supporters of the hospice since my godmother was cared for there a few years ago. When my sister got married she asked for donations to the hospice and another family member now works there as a Gift-Aid administrator.

"It's such a brilliant charity that does amazing work in Bristol so I'm thrilled to have raised much needed funds. My support won't stop here, I'll be taking part in the Bake Off in March and I'm planning to donate some of my winnings back."

The Grand Raffle, this year, raised just under £60,000 for the charity which helps people in Bristol with life-limiting illnesses. Anna Ross, fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice, said it has been their best yet.

She said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of this year's Grand Raffle. It has been our most successful raffle ever and we more than doubled the funds we raised last year!

"The money raised will go towards caring for those in Bristol with life-limiting illnesses as well as supporting their family members through a very difficult time. Without the support of Bristol we wouldn't be able to do it, so we thank everyone who took part.

"The great thing is that it only costs £1, anyone can take part and all the money stays within Bristol. A huge congratulations to Lizzy who did a great job of raising funds and awareness of what we do and is a very deserving winner!"

This year's raffle campaign was headed up by Wotton-under-Edge man Richard Meyer, who appealed for people to give generously to the charity which cared for his daughter Katherine.

Katherine was admitted to the hospice in 2012 and died peacefully there, aged 41, following a battle with cancer.

Richard said: "Katherine had spent some weeks in hospital when she was transferred to St Peter's Hospice and when I visited her she greeted me with the words, "Dad the staff are all wonderful, it's like a five-star hotel in here."

"There was a real lift in her spirits. The love, humour and support which Katherine received made such a difference to us all. Funds generated by the Raffle will mean that others can be supported, just like we were, in the most terrible of times."

St Peter's Hospice is Bristol's only adult hospice and cares for more than 2,670 patients yearly, as well as family members.

It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice, so fundraisers like this are essential to keeping the charity going.

For those who missed out this year the Grand Raffle will be back next December and in the meantime people can sign up to the weekly Local Lotto for the chance to win £1000 every week.

Lizzie continued: "This couldn't come at a better time of year. I'm going to use the money to treat my family and then go on holiday, possibly to Brazil for my 30th birthday. I'll also give back to the hospice which has given me this wonderful gift."

Visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk for more information.

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