Super gift just in time for Christmas!

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By sophia1980 | Friday, December 21, 2012, 11:08

One Long Ashton resident is

looking forward to a Merry Christmas after winning £5000 on a local charity

lotto.

Patricia Preston, 72, won

the top prize on the St Peter's Hospice annual SuperDraw after buying several

of the £1 tickets for herself and her family.

The prize comes at a

much-needed time for mother-of-three Patricia who has gone through a

challenging and distressing few years after losing her husband 18 months ago to

Cancer. Patricia's daughter has also just been made redundant, making the

windfall even more special.

Patricia said: "I'm

completely shocked to have won the prize. I only take part to be able to

support St Peter's Hospice and now they're supporting me; it's absolutely

fantastic!

"Scott from the hospice gave

me a call to let me know I'd won, while I was sat watching telly with my

friend. She wondered what was going on when I started screaming down the phone!

At first I thought it was just another PPI call but luckily I didn't hang up as

it was a much nicer call!

"The money has come at a

great time, just before Christmas. It also means I will be able to help my

daughter out now that she has been made redundant. There are some jobs we can

do around her house and I'll be able to treat the whole family to some nice

presents!"

Patricia's daughter said:

"When I heard Mum had won the prize draw I was over the moon for her because I

have had the privilege of growing up with both my parents devoting their lives

to looking after others. Mum has spent the last few years supporting and

looking after my beloved dad and still through all of her grief, she

still continues to think about others, so this reward for her is lovely."

The St Peter's Hospice annual

SuperDraw costs £1 per ticket and raises vital funds every year for the

charity.

As well as the first prize

of £5000 there is also a second prize of £1000 and a third prize of a hotel

break for two.

St Peter's Hospice lottery

administrator Scott Hammond said: "Congratulations to Patricia our 2012 first

prize winner! She is a lovely lady and so well deserving, we're thrilled to

have made her Christmas.

"The SuperDraw is always

really popular as the odds are great, it's cheap and fun to enter and people

are pleased to be supporting a good cause at the same time. This year we sold over

20,000 tickets raising a fantastic total of £25,000 for the hospice.

"This is enough money to

provide 15 patients 24-hour Hospice at Home care."

St Peter's Hospice is Bristol's only adult hospice.

Services are provided free of charge, but the NHS contribute just 22% of the

£6.5 million needed to run the hospice yearly, meaning support from the public

is essential.

Last year

the hospice cared for 2,675 patients and supported over 6,000 family members

including children.

Patricia

continued: "I try to support the hospice as much as possible as I know what

fantastic work they do. The nurses and carers offer such hope, support and

reassurance during terrible times. I will be continuing to support the cause

for as long as I can."

The

SuperDraw is now over for another year but the St Peter's Hospice Local Lotto

is still running with a monthly draw and a top rollover prize of £5000.

To find

out more visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk/lotto or give

Scott a call on 0117 915 9307.

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