A Bexleyheath resident has scooped top prize in the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Silver Anniversary Bumper Draw.

Julia Harris, 50, won £2500 in the draw, which was held on Friday July 15.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when Stacey Booth from the Hospice called me up to give me the good news. This is the first time I have ever won anything of this size. I still can’t quite believe it.”

Julia and husband Derrick are planning to treat their family with the winnings.

“Our three children are growing up fast so it’s nice to be able to treat them,” said Julia.

“Winning the prize is wonderful but we're so pleased to hear that such an amazing sum has been raised for such a worthy cause. We’re delighted to support a charity that offers to make a real difference to families at a time when there is a real need.

“We're both so happy with the news. This win couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Stacey Booth, lottery manager at the Hospice, said: "We are delighted for Julia. She really is a lovely lady and such a worthy bumper draw winner. Thanks to the support of Julia and people like her, our Silver Anniversary Bumper Draw has raised a fantastic £25,972 for Hospice services.”

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice is a registered charity, providing free, specialist end of life care for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support for their families, friends and carers.

Services are provided free of charge, but this care does not go without cost as it takes over £7 million each year to maintain Hospice services. With just 35 per cent of this funded from the NHS, the Hospice relies on the support of the community now more than ever before to continue its work.

This year it celebrates its silver anniversary and the Silver Anniversary Bumper Draw was one of a series of fundraising events to celebrate this.

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