£1,000 Lottery jackpot changed my life
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.”