He­len dives into lot­tery job

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

FOR­MER swim­ming in­struc­tor He­len Ashby had no qualms about tak­ing the plunge and be­com­ing lot­tery ad­min­is­tra­tor at East Cheshire Hos­pice.

He­len, from Bolling­ton, al­ready knew what work­ing in the char­ity sec­tor was like af­ter teach­ing swim­ming for Bolling­ton Health and Leisure.

One of her first tasks is to sign up more play­ers for the hos­pice lot­tery, en­cour­ag­ing them to take ad­van­tage of their new di­rect debit fa­cil­ity on the web­site.

He­len said: “I’ve joined a dif­fer­ent char­ity but it’s a very sim­i­lar ethos sup­port­ing peo­ple any way we can so they can have a bet­ter life. Both char­i­ties are highly re­garded in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I’ve been amazed at the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple will­ing to sup­port the hos­pice, and the lot­tery is an easy way to sup­port us on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The ad­van­tage of our new lot­tery di­rect debit sys­tem is that peo­ple can play on­line by fill­ing in a form, al­though we also ac­cept tele­phone ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Ev­ery­one seems to have a pos­i­tive story about the hos­pice and its sup­port for fam­ily and friends and the way it treats staff. It’s great to be part of the team sup­port­ing the front-line nurs­ing staff.”

The hos­pice needs £7,500 ev­ery day to keep go­ing and the lot­tery has con­trib­uted more than £3.7m since it be­gan in 1995. At just £1 a week there’s a chance to win a guar­an­teed jack­pot of £1,000, plus 22 other cash prizes.

He­len added: “It’s only £4.34 a month to en­ter and we’re keen to at­tract more mem­bers. One of the lot­tery’s great strengths is that lo­cal money is be­ing used to pro­vide lo­cal care for peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. That sup­port is vi­tal for us.

Win­ning num­bers are se­lected ran­domly ev­ery Fri­day and pub­lished on the web­site and in the Ex­press. To join go to eastcheshire­hos­pice.org. uk/lot­tery or call 01625 433477 (Ext 2).

He­len Ashby

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