Kind-hearted Linford couple give hospice raffle winnings back

A COUPLE who won over £2,000 in a charity draw has donated it back to help the people it cares for.

Havens Hospices Weekly Draw offers members the chance to win up to £1,000 every week in its charity draw for £1 a play. Last week, Geoff and Pauline Stow from Linford, Stanford Le Hope received a call from the charity to say they had won the rollover prize of £2,200. The Weekly draw raises £800,000 for the charity which cares for seriously ill children from across Essex at Little Havens, and adults at Fair Havens Hospice in Southend.

Geoff, age 62 was absolutely staggered to hear they had won and said, “We joined the draw three years ago after one of the charity’s canvassers came to our door. We have always supported children’s charities as our son sadly died at the age of 10 from a brain haemorrhage. We signed up not to win, but to regularly give to the hospices. We will be donating this prize back, as we would like to give Havens Hospices the opportunity of continuing their work within our local community”.

Weekly Draw Manager, Carmel Hudson, said “This is a generous donation, and I would like to thank Geoff and Pauline for their continued support. To have two people choose to donate their prize money back to the charity is really touching. Our hospices simply couldn’t exist without the support of our local community, and the Weekly Draw is a big part of that.”

To sign up to the Weekly Draw visit havenshospices.org.uk/weeklydraw. Havens Hospices’ canvassers carry full photographic ID and can be verified online or by calling Carmel 01702 220314.

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