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National Lottery Winners Bring Christmas Cheer To Children At North West Hospitals

Freddy Barker receives his gift from the Alder Hey advent calendarLottery winners from across the North West have been delivering sacks full of Christmas presents to children in hospital.

The arrival of some of the region’s biggest winners, armed with giant advent calendars, sensory toys and gifts, really helped to get the festive season underway.

The big hearted National Lottery winners stopped off at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, bringing smiles to the faces of all of the young people they met.

Sharon Mather, from Bowdon, who won £12.4m in 2010, said: “I always love this time of the year – charity is very close to my heart and it is wonderful getting together with lots of the other winners from across the region to help to spread some festive cheer.

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the beautiful big smiles on the faces of the children when they receive their Christmas gifts.”

Ben Woods, from Wirral, who won £2.5m in 2004, added: “Christmas is a time for giving and it is always lovely to visit hospitals and charities which have benefitted from National Lottery Good Cause funding and to spread a little more festive cheer among the staff and patients.

“It is my favourite time of the year and it is wonderful to be a position to be able to donate that little bit extra to such worthy causes.”

Both hospitals have previously benefitted from National Lottery Good Cause funding.

Joining Sharon and Ben and their partners Nigel and Leanne, on the festive tour, were Sean and Mel Lloyd, from Ashton-under-Lyne, who won £1.8m in January this year; Emma and Karl Dunkley, who won £6.5m in 2009; Debbie Mather, from Chorley, who won £5.1m in 2005; Ruth Breen, from Wigan, who won £1m last July; Tony Dodd, from Wirral, who won £2.4m in 2007; George and Beryl keates, from Southport, who won£3.5m in 2012; Denise and Robert Scarr, from Morecambe, who won £6.3m in April this year; Kelly and Jason Massey, from Runcorn, who won£1m in 2013 and Annette and Andy Dawson, from Bolton, who won £1m in September this year.

Clare White, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “It was lovely to welcome the national lottery winners to Alder Hey today. Christmas is a very special time for our patients, families and staff and this was a wonderful way to kick start the celebrations. We are grateful to them for their generous gifts and support.”

Each week National Lottery players raise over £34 million for National Lottery projects across the UK. To date more than 450,000 individual grants have been awarded. To find out more about where National Lottery funding goes, visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk

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