John Lycett has generously donated the £1,000 he won through the Weaver Vale Housing Trust’s new reward programme to St Luke’s Hospice.

John aged 69 was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004 and received respite care from the Day Hospice at St Luke’s. The care and support John received made a huge impact on his life and would consider many of St Luke’s staff like family.

John won £1,000 from the Weaver Vale Trust’s reward programme which is piloting in two neighbourhoods. John was eligible to win as he met all of his tenancy conditions. In the Grange neighbourhood there is a chance to win £1,000 each month and in Barnton customers can earn £5.00 per month in shopping vouchers.

John said, “Throughout my time at St Luke’s everyone made me feel comfortable to be myself during a difficult time, I was able to laugh, tell jokes and talk about every day things with staff members and other patients. When I found out I’d won £1,000 from the Weaver Vale Housing Trust reward scheme I knew straight away, I wanted the money to go directly to St Luke’s to help them continue the important and vital work they deliver.

“St Luke’s kept me going, kept me active and kept me alive.”

Rhys Edwards, Corporate and Community Fundraiser said, “We are thrilled and extremely grateful John has chosen to donate his prize money to our hospice. St Luke’s cares for patients and their families at some of the most distressing times of their lives. John’s donation will make an incredible difference to the hospice as St Luke’s needs to raise £7,500 a day to keep running.

Thank you John.”

Gary Hood, Service Development Manager at Weaver Vale Housing Trust is managing the programme, added:

“It’s such a generous gesture of Mr Lycett to donate his £1,000 prize to St Luke’s, it is such a worthy local cause that we as a Trust have supported in the past and we know they will make the best use of the money.

We’ve found that customers who always keep up to date with their rent and meet all of their other tenancy conditions were never recognised so that was part of our rationale for developing the programme.”

If you would like to donate to your local hospice, feel free to contact Rhys Edwards on 01606 555811/ 07812062148 or email rhys_edwards@stlukes-hospice.co.uk