Retired road-worker Patrick Byrne from Gilesgate has scooped a rollover prize of £19,100 in St Cuthbert’s Hospice Win Win Lottery.

The charity lottery has been running for almost 2 years and helps to raise much-needed funds which enable the Hospice to care for local people with life-limiting illnesses, people who are at the end of life and people who are bereaved.

Patrick said: “I’ve no idea what I’ll spend the money on – maybe my garden as I’ve been waiting to get it done for such a long time now. I love to go to the cricket and have a Sunderland season ticket too so it’s good to know the expense for that is covered going forward. It’s nice to have some luck come my way, unfortunately, I couldn’t go to the Sunderland final in Wembley last month due to illness, but as it happens the bus broke down on the way!”

“I signed up to the Win Win Lottery as I know of the good work the Hospice do in County Durham. It’s only £10 a month but it all goes to such a good cause. I never expected to win. I’ll keep playing and supporting them too even though I’ve won I know how much difference my contribution each month can make.”

Over 1,000 people play the Win Win Lottery each month with the chance of winning a daily prize of £100, a monthly prize of £1,000 or up to £25,000 in the event of a rollover. The lottery was launched in 2020 to help raise additional funds for the Hospice and has to date raised £217,920.

Stephen Burke, Lottery Sales Coordinator, said: “It was a huge pleasure to ring Patrick to tell him the news. He couldn’t believe it at first. Players like Patrick really do help to create a lifeline for the people in County Durham who rely on us as what can often be a really difficult time. We’re grateful to all in our community who continue to support us in any way they can from donating to our shops, volunteering at our events or by making their play count and joining our Win Win Lottery.”

To find out more about the Win Win Lottery or how to support St Cuthbert’s Hospice visit or call 0191 386 1170.

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