Heartwarming Christmas gesture by Crewe National Lottery winners
A couple from Crewe who won GBP6million on the National Lottery joined forces with other jackpot winners to bring some early Christmas cheer to deserving carers. Michele and Kevin Jones won big back in 2016, and wanted to show their appreciation for the ‘selfless’ actions of hard-working carers in the area. So Michele and Kevin formed a Christmas elf ‘hamper task force’ with other National Lottery winners from the comfort of their own homes due to current coronavirus restrictions to create more than 100 luxury hampers.
These have been packed with a range of goodies for carers from Age Concern Central Lancashire as a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for all of the carers’ tireless work throughout the pandemic. Michele said: “The efforts these carers go to, so selflessly and the sacrifices they make every day, to care and love, is incredible. I was absolutely thrilled to be involved in such a heart-warming project to say ‘thank you’ and show our appreciation for all they do.
“I absolutely love Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed creating the hampers. We all need a bit of festive cheer at the moment so it was fantastic to be able to help make Christmas arrive early!”
Tuesday 25th November 2020 Picture Credit Charlotte Graham Picture Shows,
The winners, who would normally be brought together by The National Lottery in the run-up to Christmas to help support various charities, adapted their thinking this year by creating a Whatsapp group so they could work from their own homes but share ideas and creations with each other as they made their hampers. Also joining the festive task force were some of the region’s biggest lottery winners, including Patricia and John Gill, from Warrington, who won GBP1M in 2015 and Sharon and Nigel Mather, from Bowdon in Cheshire, who won GBP12M in 2010.
The hampers, after being quarantined, were delivered to Age Concern Central Lancashire’s Dementia Day Support Centres in Bamber Bridge and Fulwood Preston, aboard a fabulous festive truck.
Set up in 1981, Age Concern Central Lancashire, which turns 40 next year, is dedicated to helping people across the region to live well and age well. The charity provides a wide variety of services including help at home and within community settings, dementia care and programmes to combat loneliness and isolation. Suzanne Carr, CEO at Age Concern Central Lancashire, said, “Our family carers are at the core of our charity – they embody everything that we are passionate about and we’re incredibly proud of how well they have adapted over lockdown, overcoming the many personal challenges that carers often face on a daily basis.
They are unsung heroes! “We’re extremely honoured to be chosen by National Lottery winners to receive these beautiful festive hampers and we know that our fantastic carers will truly appreciate a spot of early Christmas joy!”
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For more information about how – and why – to subscribe, click here. The support these winners are giving Age Concern Central Lancashire comes as The National Lottery teams up with ITV to encourage people to volunteer in their local community. ‘Miss Out To Help Out’ is a new campaign and website where anyone in the UK can get hints and tips on how to get started as well as information on volunteering opportunities nearby from charities and organisations.
For more info, visit www.missouttohelpout.com.