Biggest St Catherine’s lottery rollover is won

WINNERS: Derek and Celia Birchall with Sheila Kennard from the hospice

WINNERS: Derek and Celia Birchall with Sheila Kennard from the hospice

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A member of the St Catherine’s lottery has scooped the biggest rollover prize in the hospice’s history – taking home winnings of £4,050!

Derek Birchall from Chorley won the prize which had been accumulating over six months.

The prize is more than double the weekly jackpot prize of £2,000, and is the biggest rollover to have been won in the hospice lottery’s 22-year history.

And it was a case of beginner’s luck – since he and wife Celia only signed up to become members in February.

In becoming lottery members, the Birchalls have also helped St Catherine’s along the way to achieving their lottery target as part of the 30th anniversary Give A Gift campaign, backed by the Evening Post, with one of the ‘gifts’ on the list asking for 300 new lottery members in 2015.

Derek, 67, said the money would be spent treating their four children and their partners, plus their three grandchildren.

Derek, a retired headteacher at St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Anderton, said: “I’d encourage others to sign up and show their support for St Catherine’s. We wanted to make a contribution to the work they do, and to have won this prize on top is fantastic.”