Hip Hip Hooray For Hayes
Two players in Hayes are celebrating this week after their postcode, UB3 2UT, was drawn as a winner in People's Postcode Lottery's Saturday Street Prize.
David Berryman, 35, was at home when he got an unexpected visit from People's Postcode Lottery ambassador Scott Quinnell." It was a really lovely surprise," he said. "We're just about to go on a family holiday, so it's been a very good week."
David, who works as an electrical engineer, signed up to play on a recommendation. "My friend had joined and told me all about it," he said. "I can't believe I won first!"
As well as extra spending money for his holiday to Florida, David has other plans for the cash. "We currently live in a two-bedroom house, but as we have a young daughter and son, we would love to move to one with three bedrooms," he said."This money will go a long way for a deposit and, as my mother and father-in-law own this house, someone can still play with the lucky postcode."
David's neighbour, Brian Gardener, 73, was equally shocked to receive his £25,000 cheque. "I've not won anything in my life," he said.
Brian, who is a retired traffic controller, would like to use his winnings to pay for a very special trip. "My daughter and her family live in Australia, so I would like to visit next winter. They live in Adelaide and it's very expensive to get to, so I'm looking forward to booking it and spending time with my grandchildren over there."
After handing over their cheques, Scott Quinnell said, "David and Brian were both over the moon to receive their cheques today. They both have great ideas of how to spend the money, and I hope they have a great time celebrating."
Players have raised over £86.8 Million for good causes across Great Britain and internationally. The charity Green Corridor was awarded £9,955 for their Western Road Community Gardens project, which converted a derelict site only a few miles from David and Brian into a park. Green Corridor transforms neglected spaces into useable community areas by bringing local people together with disadvantaged youths, giving 14 to 25-year-olds the chance to expand their skills.
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