What a year to cel­e­brate!

Jayne Stone, 56, from Bar­goed in Wales, was over­joyed when she won £1,000

Woman's Own - - TRAVEL ESCAPES -

The NHS cel­e­brated 70 years of ser­vice in 2018, and I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of it for more than half that time. Work­ing as a nurse in a com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal for the past 37 years, I adore my job.

Ev­ery day has its chal­lenges, but it must be one of the most re­ward­ing ca­reers there is, and that’s prob­a­bly why I’ve stuck at it for so long.

I’ve al­ways grafted long hours, so days off spent with my hus­band Mald­wyn, 53, are of­ten few and far be­tween. But when I do have a cou­ple of hours to my­self, my guilty plea­sure is flick­ing through Woman’s Own with a big bar of choco­late.

I’ve been read­ing the mag­a­zine for years and I’m al­ways one of the first to grab it off the news­pa­per stands ev­ery week. But it was in June 2018 that I took notice of an ad­vert for Woman’s Own Bingo and read about sev­eral women who’d won amaz­ing jack­pots and had so much fun play­ing bingo online.

‘Sounds great,’ I said to Mald­wyn. Get­ting to grips with the games and nav­i­gat­ing the site was eas­ier than I thought it would be, and I soon dis­cov­ered my favourite game was Sap­phire Bingo. It is your tra­di­tional 90-ball bingo game – the type you could play in a bingo hall, but eas­ier as the num­bers are dabbed off for you au­to­mat­i­cally. This means you never miss a bingo call, no mat­ter what else you might be do­ing.

‘I’d only been play­ing a few weeks’

The screen lit up

On the evening of 25 June, just a cou­ple of weeks af­ter join­ing, I was play­ing Sap­phire Bingo and wait­ing for the num­ber five to be called out.

Pass­ing the lap­top to Mald­wyn as I went to check on din­ner, I sud­denly heard a shriek from the liv­ing room. ‘Jayne! Look, look!’ Mald­wyn said.

As soon as I was back in the room, I spot­ted the flash­ing lights on the screen.

I’d won! And not just a cou­ple of quid – the Full House of £1,000! I couldn’t be­lieve it, es­pe­cially as I’d only been play­ing a few weeks.

Mald­wyn and I were over­joyed and couldn’t stop smil­ing. It was dur­ing the glorious sum­mer heat­wave, so we popped a bot­tle of fizz in the gar­den to cel­e­brate. We both knew there was one per­son who we’d be spoil­ing with our win­nings – and he wasn’t even born yet!

Our first grand­son was due in Septem­ber. That week­end, we went shop­ping with my daugh­ter Bethan, buy­ing a top-of-the-range pram and a bun­dle of toys. ‘Thank you so much,’ Bethan beamed, hold­ing her bump. Treat­ing her was lovely. And a month later, the whole fam­ily trav­elled to Pad­stow in Corn­wall for a five-day hol­i­day in the sun­shine. It was par­tic­u­larly poignant as Mald­wyn had suf­fered a heart at­tack a few years be­fore, and it was his first trip away since. His treat­ment was yet an­other rea­son to ap­pre­ci­ate the work of the doc­tors and nurses who cared for him in such a land­mark an­niver­sary year. We took our Golden Re­triever Het­tie, Bethan and our other daugh­ter Han­nah and their part­ners to stay in the cot­tage. It was a joy to spoil our fam­ily, vis­it­ing the beau­ti­ful golden beaches, walk­ing Het­tie and, of course, en­joy­ing some Cor­nish pasties and a few other ex­tra treats. Our grand­son Jack was born in Septem­ber and the whole fam­ily is ut­terly smit­ten. With our new ar­rival, our first hol­i­day in years, and, of course, my fan­tas­tic bingo win, 2018 re­ally was an amaz­ing year.

‘it was a joy to spoil our fam­ily’

Jayne took her fam­ily on hol­i­day to Corn­wall with her win­nings

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