Hospice is the winner as Dave scoops the jackpot

Leia Bassett from St Luke's Hospice hands a cheque to Dave and Fay Baxter.
Leia Bassett from St Luke's Hospice hands a cheque to Dave and Fay Baxter.
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GOOD advice his mother passed on will dictate the way David Baxter spends his winnings from the St Luke’s Hospice lottery.

David plans to divide his £5,250 windfall into three - and give a third back to St Luke’s, invest a third and spend the final third as enjoyably as possible!

David, aged 74, has been supporting St Luke’s ever since his father Jack was a patient there in 1984.

Then, when the hospice launched its own fundraising lottery in 1996, he was among the first people to sign up as a regular player.

And now he’s celebrating after winning the lottery’s rollover prize.

“I’m going to be following my mother Muriel’s advice about windfalls,” said David, of Fulwood.

“She always said, ‘Give a third away, invest a third wisely, and spend a third rashly!

“I’ve never quite managed to follow the part about investing wisely. But we are definitely going to make sure we do the spending part, on something the whole family will enjoy.”

That means St Luke’s will be sharing David’s good fortune as he is donating a third of his prize to the hospice.

The rest of the cash David and wife Fay, 70, plan to spend on a family holiday get-together with their two grown-up sons and daughter who all live down south.

“We already have four little grandchildren, Arabella, James, Violet and Toby,” said David, a retired engineer in the metallurgical industry. Wife Fay used to teach children with dyslexia.

“We also have two more grandchildren on the way - another little boy in mid-May, and a little girl who is due this week! So once all the excitement is over it will be great to get everyone together for a family holiday this year.”

Meanwhile Sheffield woman Helen Clanpin is celebrating too - after a £26 St Luke’s Hospice Lottery Gift Card bought for her by her aunt for Christmas landed her the competition’s jackpot prize.

Helen lost her father to cancer when she was just two years old and has spent most of her life supporting St Luke’s as her personal way of paying tribute to him.

She even raised over £1,000 by having her head shaved for Sheffield’s only hospice when she was 17.

“My aunt bought the card because it said that £26 would buy a nurse’s uniform,” said Helen. “It was just another way to support St Luke’s - to be honest I’d forgotten all about it until my number came up!”

Helen, who lives on the Manor, now hopes to spend her winnings on a holiday escape to the sun.

Players in the St Luke’s Lottery are five times more likely to win the £2,000 top prize than a £1,500 prize on the National Lottery. And they also know more than 53p in every £1 goes direct to patient care at St Luke’s, unlike the Health Lottery which gives only 21p in every £1 to good causes.

To find out more about the St Luke’s Lottery visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk