Janet strikes gold in hospice lottery

Janet celebrates with Strathcarron Hospice lottery co-ordinator John Smith.
Janet celebrates with Strathcarron Hospice lottery co-ordinator John Smith.

A woman from Bo’ness has become the latest £1500 first prize winner in the national Local Hospice Lottery which is now providing welcome additional income towards running Strathcarron Hospice.

Mrs Janet Laird (67), of 12 Grahamsdyke Road, had just returned from a short break in the Lake District with husband Roy (70), when she learned of her windfall.

Janet, who joined the weekly lottery last year, said she was “absolutely delighted and more than a little surprised”.

There’s a particular poignancy for Janet in her win.

Her best friend passed away two weeks ago having received what Janet described as “wonderful care” in her home from Strathcarron nurses.

Janet said she could not speak highly enough of the hospice which she visited several times two years ago when a family member was a patient.

“It wasn’t just the care she received, which was marvellous. It was also about the friendliness of staff towards visitors - nothing was too much trouble for them,’’ she said.

Angela Gillies, marketing and communications manager for Strathcarron Hospice, said she was delighted that the £1500 prize had again been won by someone in the Strathcarron Hospice catchment area.

“The community in Bo’ness has been a great supporter of Strathcarron since it opened its doors and many local people have now joined the local hospice lottery to give further help.”

Angela said Strathcarron, which needs to raise £73,000 a week, received “incredible support” throughout Forth Valley, 
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

She added, “Since Strathcarron decided to join the local hospice lottery we have had well over 6000 people signing up for it.

‘‘It’s not only providing the hospice with a very welcome additional income but it’s also giving members the chance, like Mrs Laird, of a lovely surprise.”