Two charity champions from Penwortham are celebrating a £300,000 win in the February Halifax Savers Prize Draw.
After banking with the Halifax for over 30 years, Raymond Sutton, 60, and wife Cath from Cop Lane, set up a savings account after Raymond retired as a police officer.
When we were sat down by the Halifax branch manager and told the news about our win we just sobbed – things like this don’t happen to people like us.Raymond Sutton
Eighteen months ago a banking consultant pointed out he was eligible to be in the Halifax Savers Prize Draw which rewards customers with tax-free prizes.
The life-changing win comes 16 years after Raymond and Cath’s son Carl died in a freak accident in America, where he was working as a sports councillor.
He wanted to become a PE teacher and help youngsters achieve their sporting ambitions, and the charity Sutty’s Shooting Stars was set up to continue this.
Mr Sutton said: “When we were sat down by the Halifax branch manager and told the news about our win we just sobbed – things like this don’t happen to people like us.
“We feel incredibly lucky that now, as a family, we can secure our future financially.
“Our lives changed forever when our son passed away in 1999, and we are so grateful that we will now be able to make a donation to the charity we set up in his name.
“Carl was a keen footballer and loved all sports and so we set up the charity to help other children get involved in the sport, taking them from the streets and putting their energy into football.
“Sutty’s Shooting Stars has been going so long now, that the current coaches are all kids who came to the charity as youngsters to play.
“As well as helping our charities, we’d like to use some of the money to help our daughter with her mortgage, get some work done on the house, and maybe go on a few holidays too.
“Going into our local Halifax to be told the news of our win was such a special experience.
“We know the staff really well.
“One of them even has a child that attends our football coaching.”