Welwyn Garden City charity hunts for £1K lottery winner

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 April 2018

Corine (right) receiving her cheque from lottery manager Lisa Archer - finally! Picture: supplied by Isabel Hospice

Corine (right) receiving her cheque from lottery manager Lisa Archer - finally! Picture: supplied by Isabel Hospice

supplied by Isabel Hospice

A former Welwyn resident nearly missed out on a lottery windfall.

Isabel Hospice launched a social media search when the winner of its weekly lottery was nowhere to be found.

Corine Pendry, who now lives in Hitchin, nearly missed out on the bumper prize of £1,000 when her cheque went to the address she had signed up with eight years ago - when she lived in Welwyn.

With no forwarding address, the cheque came back to the hospice with a “return to sender” notice.

The hospice’s social media team sprang into action with tweets and Facebook posts.

Corine was eventually tracked down by her friend Victoria Wells from Welwyn.

Corine said: “I was at a parents’ evening when I saw a text from my friend telling me about the hospice’s appeal to find me.

“I couldn’t believe they had gone to so much effort to get in touch.

“I’d signed up for the Isabel Hospice lottery in 2010 around the time my Dad had died, when I lived in Welwyn.

“I never really thought about it again until I won £1,000.

Isabel Hospice runs a weekly lottery with a top prize of £1,000 which is given out every Friday.

The money raised from the lottery goes directly towards helping people with a terminal diagnosis, both in their homes, with the Hospice at Home team, at the In-Patient Unit in Welwyn Garden City and at locations across eastern Hertfordshire, with the Living Well with Isabel sessions including seated Tai Chi, Feel Good Singing and Fatigue and Breathlessness classes.

Corine thanked the team at Isabel Hospice and said: “I’m going to use my windfall for my girls’ weekend away later this year, and treat my girlfriends to a glass of champagne ... or two!”

To sign up and be in with the chance of winning £1,000 next Friday, go to www.isabelhospice.org.uk/lottery or call 01707 382594.

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