Christmas is a perfect time to show generosity not only to our friends and family, but also to people who are going through a lot of pain and heartache. Lottery players who won millions in the past year usually feel inclined to give back to those in need, and they often do it during the holiday season. They spread the Christmas spirit in many ways – by donating their money, buying presents to unprivileged children, visiting hospitals around the country and basically doing Santa’s work for him. Follow in their footsteps after the next Eurjackpot draw – you could change many lives with a spectacular €81.000.000 windfall!
1. “ScottieHibbies” donate toys to kids at an Edinburgh hospital
The syndicate of six Hibs supporters, who became £1.000.000 richer in August, decided Christmas is a perfect time to share some of their good luck with the less fortunate. They delivered special presents to the children at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
“We’ve been blessed with a real change in our luck this year and we all decided we wanted to do something to support these guys as they fight their conditions,” said syndicate leader, Douglas Gibson, and added that the gifts include DVD players and movies, which will hopefully keep patients and their siblings entertained during long hospital stays.
2. Little girl battling cancer to have a very special Christmas
Kenny Ashton’s life changed for the better when he won £1.000.000 on a scratch card back in May, and this win inspired him to bring a little bit of happiness into someone else’s life. He’s been raising money for children from across the North East, including Hope Feeney, a little girl who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Ashton decided to make this Christmas very special for Hope by inviting her family for a VIP day out in Newcastle.
“We are so grateful to Kenny and those who raise awareness for Hope and support her. Their generosity is incredible. Kenny has certainly helped to make this Christmas one we will never forget,” said Hope’s mother Kelly.
3. £70.000 winner delivers presents to 120 kids
The Lagan Village Youth and Community Group received a £5.000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund for a Christmas street party to celebrate the diversity of the local area. Stephen Inglis, the winner of £70.000 National Lottery prize, took on the role of Santa Claus and handed out toys to almost 120 children in this youth centre.
“It was a special moment seeing the kids’ faces light up when they saw the sacks of toys arriving. The work done by the Lagan Village Youth and Community Group is wonderful and I’d like to say well done to all of the people who help to make a difference to the lives of children and parents in the area,” said Inglis after delivering presents.
4. £148.000.000 winner buys a house for disabled boy’s family
Gillian Bayford is one of the most popular lottery winners in the UK thanks to the magnitude of her jackpot, and her name made the headlines once again after an incredible act of kindness. After hearing the inspiring story of Blake McMillan, who suffers from a rare and devastating neurological disorder called MECP2 duplication syndrome, Ms. Bayford decided to buy his family a new home, specially adapted to boy’s needs.
“I’ll be paying rent but Gillian didn’t have to do something like this. I was in tears when she told me. I’m so grateful. I’ll be able to look after Blake in a safe and secure environment and it means the world,” said Blake’s mum Jenny, who runs fundraising store Blake’s Bargains, located near Bayford’s property business.