Jolly In Crawley
Four neighbours from Crawley are jumping for joy after scooping £25,000 each with their lucky postcode.
RH10 8HE was drawn as a winner of one of People's Postcode Lottery's Street Prizes today.
Support worker Susannah Sciberras couldn't believe it when People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Danyl Johnson knocked on her door.
"I've just spent £7,000 on vet bills for my sick dog – I can't explain how amazing this is, it couldn’t have come at a better time," she said. "This means I can clear my debt and book an amazing holiday with my family. I don't care where we go, but I just want to go somewhere altogether."
Susannah, who has three children Max, Megan, and Tyler, was especially surprised to meet Danyl Johnson, a former X-Factor contestant.
"I'm not a huge X-Factor fan, but I did watch it when Danyl was on and loved him! We were all gutted when he got voted off and it was such a bonus to meet him. He’s so lovely!"
Susannah's close neighbour, Katie Ions, was equally delighted to receive her cheque_. "I'm on a high,"_ she said. "I feel like I'm floating."
As Katie was the second neighbour to receive her prize, waiting for the knock on her door was hard. "My neighbour Susannah was getting her cheque before me, and I was trying to squint out the window to see what she'd won," she said. "There were a lot of curtain-twitchers on the street."
Katie and her husband Stuart have holidays on their mind. "Stuart and I would love to go to Texas," she said. "We've been to California and Tennessee and this has been next on our list. We've always talked about Disneyland Paris at Christmas – we might be able to book both!"
Classic car enthusiast Gillian Hill was also presented with a £25,000 cheque.
She said, "I go to a lot of classic car rallies around Great Britain and Europe, so I'd really like to buy a campervan, which will make travelling around that bit easier.
"My car needs to get painted so I’ll be able to get that done right away instead of having to save up for that. It's really lovely to win People's Postcode Lottery and I know as a player I'm helping charities too."
Final winner Suzanne Arif was just as shocked as her neighbours to receive her cheque. "I'm still staring at the golden envelope," she said. "It's not sunk in."
Suzanne, who is a retired solicitor, was especially pleased to win with her neighbours. "I know Susannah next door and I'm thrilled she's won too. I don't know the others as well but everyone seems so lovely."
Although Suzanne is still in shock, she knows exactly how she wants to spend her money. "I want to go and see my sister in Australia," she said. "I've not been there in 12 years and she's been quite poorly recently. That's definitely how I'll be spending my winnings."
Street Prize Presenter Danyl Johnson said, "I loved meeting our winners today, especially Susannah – it's always great to meet a fan! The ladies each have something special they want to spend their winnings on and I wish them all the best."
Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised more than £154 Million to date for over 2,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
A project near Crawley that has received support from players is West Sussex Mediation Service, which was awarded £3,000 this year to provide coaching for people involved in disputes.
Crawley wasn't the only area to pick up a Saturday Street Prize today - lucky Leighton Buzzard players also scooped £25,000 each as LU7 3NF was drawn as the other winner.
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