The weekend is off to an exciting start for five Dormington winners after their postcode, HR1 4FA, got lucky in today's #30KADAY Street Prize. Four of the neighbours won cheques for £30,000 each, while the fifth, who plays with two tickets, doubled their prize money and picked up a whopping £60,000!
One of our £30,000 winners was Melanie, a local fundraiser. She found out how much she'd won over a video call with Street Prize Presenter Jeff Brazier.
When Jeff revealed Melanie's cheque, she exclaimed, "Oh my God! That is impossible! I'm absolutely stunned. Wow! This is a massive amount of money for us."
The win was well deserved for Melanie, who not only fundraises for a living, but also helps raise money for cystic fibrosis charities and her local church in her spare time. Melanie said, "I massively believe in the power of charities and the work they do. I work for The Royal National College for the Blind which is a national further education college for people with visual impairments. My job is to find funding wherever possible. I still need to get on with my work today, but I promised my team I'd take them all out for lunch if I won!"
She added, "Our 20-year-old son has cystic fibrosis so we've been fundraising for cystic fibrosis charities for his whole life. We've been campaigning for a new drug which has just been rolled out, so winning this is the icing on the cake!"
To top it all off, the college where Melanie works received over £12,000 last year, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, to buy braille displays that allow visually-impaired computer users who are unable to use a monitor to read text.
Melanie said, "I only signed up to play because of the money that goes to charity. It's all come full circle!
"It's a great little community. I've got the most amazing set of neighbours. We all helped each other over lockdown. I help fundraise for the local church, too, and everyone is great."
If she decides to take a break from her hard work, Melanie will use her winnings to treat herself and her husband, Chris, to a trip away. She said, "Chris and I had to cancel a trip to Venice for our 27th wedding anniversary so that's definitely back on when we're allowed. We want to do some travelling around. I've been banging on about getting a campervan, but I'll need to convince him!"
When asked how she would be celebrating, Melanie said, "My son is coming home so we will celebrate with some champagne. Hopefully I have some I can dig out. He will be hoping for a little present I'm sure!"
After the call, Jeff Brazier said, "It was lovely to speak to Melanie and reveal her cheque. She's clearly very passionate about fundraising for good causes so it was great to give her some good news of her own. I'd also like to send a big congratulations to all of the winners I didn't speak to, I'm sure they'll be just as thrilled as Melanie."
Millions For Good Causes
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted by Postcode Dream Trust. This trust was established to support charities working on the prevention or relief of poverty, the advancement of health, citizenship or community development, public participation in sport, human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation, or environmental protection and improvement.
With People's Postcode Lottery, 32% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes. To date, players have raised more than £600 Million for more than 8,500 deserving projects across Great Britain as well as internationally.
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