Old Harlow’s Vera scoops St Clare’s lottery

Charity / Fri 16th May 2014 am31 08:40am

THE keys to a new Ford Studio KA have been officially handed over to the winner of St Clare Hospice’s most successful Spring Raffle.

Vera Morley was presented with the keys by St Clare lottery manager Caron Lakey and Mark Bennett, sales manager at local Ford dealership Gates of Harlow, when she was invited to collect her prize on Wednesday.

Mrs Morley’s name was picked from more than 32,000 tickets by comedian Ed Byrne when the raffle draw took place at the Hospice on April 17.

The 87-year-old, who lives in Old Harlow, has decided to gift her prize to Ken Jelf, a member of her extended family. Mrs Morley has been supporting St Clare since the charity was first formed more than two decades ago and has been buying raffle tickets for several years. “I’ve never won anything in a raffle before,” she said.

The second prize of £1,500 cash was won by Vera Eley, from Harlow, who was the first prize winner of our Spring Raffle last year.

She said: “I just couldn’t believe my ticket had been picked out for the second year in a row – it’s quite amazing really! I was shocked but absolutely thrilled.”

The great-grandmother, who works at Harlow Garden Centre, is a long-time supporter of the Hospice, which cared for close family friend Gerald Wriderholt, who Mrs Eley and husband Stanley helped raise along with their own five sons after his mother passed away when he was a boy.

“We treated Gerald like a son and our own boys accepted him as an older brother,” she said. “The Hospice looked after him so well and we will always be supporters of this wonderful place. I’ll definitely be buying raffle tickets again next year but I think it’s time I let somebody else win!”

St Clare Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Penny Hampson was our third prize winner, scooping £1,000 of holiday vouchers.

qvera2This year’s Spring Raffle raised a record-breaking £32,251 for the Hastingwood-based hospice.

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