£1,000 Lot­tery jack­pot changed my life

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

MOIRA Bradley sold lot­tery tick­ets for Princess Alice Hospice know­ing the good it did for the lo­cal com­mu­nity, but it was win­ning the £1,000 jack­pot in 2013 that proved life-chang­ing.

She went to the hospice to see what they do and de­cided to help out in a more di­rect way, so used her ex­pe­ri­ence at ho­tel and cater­ing col­lege to help in the cof­fee shop, which she now does two days a week.

“For me, it’s a two-way ben­e­fit: al­though I’m help­ing oth­ers it’s also help­ing me to get out and meet peo­ple,” she said.

Be­cause her son and his family moved to Aus­tralia, Moira even of­fered to help out on Christ­mas Day.

She said: “I had a lovely day, ar­riv­ing at 9.50am and work­ing through to 4.30pm with a break for my beau­ti­ful Christ­mas lunch.

“It was won­der­fully busy with a con­stant flow of peo­ple and I was able to have nice chats with all my reg­u­lars.

“It just shows how im­por­tant the hospice is to peo­ple ev­ery day of the year.

“We needed to have the cof­fee shop open, even on Christ­mas Day.”

Moira has also now be­gun train­ing to help with Be­reave­ment Walk and Talk ses­sions. She said: “I’ve had a lot of be­reave­ments so I un­der­stand what oth­ers have been through and I would like to help. Be­reaved peo­ple can feel lost and iso­lated.

“The walks get them out into the fresh air and they can start to de­velop new so­cial net­works as well as get­ting a lit­tle ex­er­cise.”

Moira Bradley.

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