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Punters having a ball with fundraiser lottery

PUBLISHED: 14:17 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:18 25 August 2010

A LOTTERY to raise cash for hospice patients has proved a big hit with punters. Staff at Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice, Abbey Wood, invited the 31 winners in the first 12 weeks of the new lottery to a tea and cake afternoon. Money raised through

A LOTTERY to raise cash for hospice patients has proved a big hit with punters.

Staff at Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice, Abbey Wood, invited the 31 winners in the first 12 weeks of the new lottery to a tea and cake afternoon.

Money raised through the scheme helps keep vital medical and emotional support services going at the centre.

Sheila Foden from New Eltham, supports the project, which sees members pay just £2 per week to have a chance of winning the £1,000 weekly jackpot and another £500 in prizes.

She said: "The partner of a close friend was diagnosed with cancer in 1994.

"I came to visit him at the hospice and was overwhelmed by the care and attention the staff gave to him. I'm delighted to be a part of it."

Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice provides specialist palliative care to people suffering with life-threatening illnesses. All of their services to patients and their families are provided free of charge, but the care costs £6 million to run the hospice each year.

It has a 19-bed in-patient facility, day care centre and provides carer support, outreach work, a lymphoedema and breathlessness service, as well as complementary therapy. The centre also has a creative arts programme to help people enjoy a better quality of life.

The Hospice Lottery currently has 820 members. Anyone over the age

of 16 can sign up to the weekly draw at just £2 per week and each week £1,500 in prizes are awarded. Chief executive Jim Bennett thanked everyone for their support in the project and encouraged more people to sign up to such a good cause.

For more information or to sign up to the lottery, visit :cottagehos

picelottery.org.uk, or email lot

tery@gbch.org.uk or call the hotline on 0870 085 3779.

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