Two big-hearted Lottery winners will definitely be making Santa’s nice list after spreading Christmas cheer to community groups in South Yorkshire.
Ray and Barbara Wragg – who won £7.6million in 2000 – paid a visit to Parkhill Lodge care home, a centre for people with special needs in Maltby, Rotherham, and Lower Shiregreen Luncheon Club at Shiregreen Community Centre, Sheffield.
The caring couple took along a huge hamper of festive goodies, donated by lottery organisers Camelot, and made a generous donation to the groups, which will pay for a day out in the new year.
Barbara, aged 74, said: “It’s always nice to be able to give something to others, especially at this time of year.
“We have been giving to both groups for more than ten years and we always really enjoy our visits. Some of the residents even remember our names from when we visited the previous year.”
The Whirlow couple, who used to live in Jordanthorpe with their three children, have donated tens of thousands of pounds to worthy causes in South Yorkshire since they struck lucky 14 years ago.
The story of their jackpot win is to be is to be told on a special lotto winners television programme on ITV at 9pm on December 23.
Barbara says filming took place at their home, Weston Park Hospital, which the couple have donated a chunk of their winnings to over the years, and Morrison’s Meadowhead store, where the winning ticket was bought.
“We will be watching it with our family, who keep telling us we need to slow down,” said Barbara.
The couple plan to enjoy a family Christmas with relatives including their children, Mark and Shaun and Amanda, and their six grandchildren.