A well-de­served win for the wife of lottery founder

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

WHEN Mar­garet Ba­con of Wilm­slow landed the £1,000 weekly jack­pot in East Cheshire Hospice’s lottery draw, many may have felt it was long over­due.

For it was her hus­band Tony, along with other vol­un­teers, who came up with the idea of a hospice lottery in 1994.

The in­tro­duc­tion was de­layed un­til the next year to avoid clash­ing with the high-pro­file launch of the Na­tional Lottery and it has since gone on to raise huge sums.

Tony set up an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice in Hurds­field and, with the help of oth­ers, rapidly grew the lottery.

The hospice’s present lottery man­ager, Paul Marsh, had the pleas­ant task of let­ting Mar­garet know she had won the top prize for the first time.

Paul said: “East Cheshire Hospice owes Tony enor­mous grat­i­tude for his vi­sion and ded­i­ca­tion over many years. Thanks to him we were one of the first hos­pices in the coun­try to run our own lottery.

“Tony would pound the streets gath­er­ing en­try money and was still col­lect­ing door-to-door in Wilm­slow and Alder­ley Edge un­til a cou­ple of years ago, even though he was into his 80s and not in the best of health.”

Mar­garet sup­ported Tony through his lottery in­volve­ment; even driv­ing him be­tween lo­ca­tions.

She has also been a highly ac­tive and re­spected long-serv­ing vol­un­teer.

Paul said: “At just £1 a ticket our lottery is an easy way to give reg­u­larly to the hospice with a chance of win­ning some­thing back. Many win­ners also do­nate some of their prize money.”

The lottery raises 10 per cent of the to­tal fund­ing needed to keep the hospice open ev­ery day of the year.

To play go to: eastcheshire­hos­pice.org. uk/join-our-lottery or call 01625 433477.

Christ­mas gift vouch­ers with a £10 min­i­mum are also now avail­able.

Fundraiser Lisa Ball with Ge­orge Cann, left, and Chris Oat­way, Pres­i­dent of Mac­cles­field and Dis­trict Li­ons

Tony and Mar­garet Ba­con are pop­u­lar win­ners of the lottery

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