St Luke’s gain World Cup boost

St Luke’s Hospice has had a lucky windfall after staff from the South Essex Business and Commercial Banking office of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) handed over a cheque for £180.

The money was raised through an office sweepstake as staff, who also look after NatWest customers, paid an entry fee and picked teams from a hat prior to this summer’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

With two teams left in the hat, unpicked, it was decided that St Luke’s would benefit if either of them went on to lift the trophy. When Spain were crowned World champions it meant nobody on the staff had won the sweepstake and the money would go to a local good cause.

St Luke’s are a registered charity and provides specialist care for people who have an advanced disease, as well as those who love and care for them, in a warm caring and friendly environment.

Carly Wathen from RBS said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to raise this cash for such a worthy local cause. St Luke’s is close to the hearts of many people from Basildon and the surrounding area and we all decided this is where the money should go.

“Nobody could believe it when Spain won but it was the next best thing to winning to know that it would be going to charity. It’s great that we’ve been able to have fun and raise this money for such a good cause all at the same time.”

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