Who would have thought from a few members 20 years ago, our lottery is still going strong. Two of the collectors have been with the lottery since the early days. They have the ambition of collecting £1 million for St Luke’s. Meet Val and Rupert Adams, this is their story:

“Twenty years ago, we originally knew of the hospice via someone who needed St Luke’s. At the time Val was struggling with agoraphobia and it was suggested that the ‘out and about’ nature of being a lottery collector may help, and we’re pleased to say that this has definitely been the case.

Being a lottery collector has brought us into contact with all sorts of people, going about their everyday lives in the local neighbourhoods, all supporting St Luke’s. We’ve seen families grow up (it is a little scary how time flies when you remember little children pottering around who are now teenagers driving cars).

Lots of people have stayed with the lottery since we started our rounds. People look forward to us coming at a certain time on certain days, it’s lovely to have a chat with people and get to know them.”

When asked how they would encourage people to join the lottery, Rupert says “For less than 2 pints of milk a week, you can change the lives of people. Who knows what the future may bring and whether you or your loved ones will need St Luke’s. £1 a week really does make a difference to the families who need the support of the hospice.”

We think that their rounds might be a bit lucky too. They’ve had 20 big prize winners in 20 years (all winning £1,500 each), and three different people on their rounds have won the ‘Car Superdraw’ prize of a brand new car.

Val and Rupert talk fondly of the members on their rounds, “It’s lovely to meet people regularly and we really enjoy our rounds; we’ve even seen a few people who have celebrated their 100th birthdays! Members always sort out money in advance, for instance when Mrs Smith went on holiday, she left her money with Mrs Jones so that she didn’t miss out on entering the lottery.

The lottery is a big part of our lives. We love a challenge so we’ve set a goal to collect £1 million for St Luke’s. We aren’t far off from that now. Will we stop once we reach £1 million? Absolutely not, as long as we are fit and able we will continue to support St Luke’s lottery. We’ve never missed a collection.”

Claire Langston, Director of Income Generation says,

“Val and Rupert are real ambassadors for St Luke’s. They are at the heart of their local communities and touch the lives of hundreds of people every week. Their continued support is very much appreciated by us all.

On the 1st of July, we will be celebrating 20 years of the lottery, the income of which is a mainstay for patient care. We really hope that more people will sign up and join the weekly lottery for only £1 a week.”

If you would like to join the lottery, telephone 01606 553553, email lottery@stlukes-hospice.co.uk