Christmas has started early for Severn Hospice as we launch our seasonal raffle appeal with a heartfelt plea to supporters.

Our weekly lottery and seasonal draws raise almost £1 million a year to fund care for families living with an incurable illness in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales.

And in a letter to more than 21,000 potential supporters, Broseley resident Judy King writes about how the hospice’s care meant so much to her and partner Mandy de Winter.

Judy says: “We were together for more than 20 years; married for 11 and had known each other for over 30.

“She meant everything to me.

“The death the hospice enabled Mandy to have has enabled me to live without her. And the way she was beautifully cared for by the wonderful nurses and doctors there meant she was able to die pain-free, surrounded by love.

“It’s almost impossible to say how much Severn Hospice meant to us.”

Judy has raised more than £9,000 for us and is urging people to support the Christmas raffle so our work can continue.

“Your gift to the hospice will keep giving all year round, so families can receive the incredible love and support that my Mandy and I did,” she says.

Severn Hospice lottery manager Karen Swindells added: “Our weekly lottery and seasonal raffles fund the care for one in seven of the people we look after, so every ticket we sell really does make a difference.

“As well as supporting our work, anyone buying a ticket is in with a chance of winning the £5,000 jackpot – so it really is a win-win situation,” she added.

The charity, which has to raise £2 for every £3 it spends, has also improved the way tickets can be bought online, making it easier and quicker. (You can click here to buy yours now.)

Karen added: “I would like to thank Judy for supporting us and for sharing her personal story so willingly. We are nothing without our supporters and we are so grateful for everything they do for us.”

As well as buying tickets online, they are available in any hospice shop, from our receptions in Shrewsbury and Telford or by calling 01743 455319.

The raffle will be drawn on December 20 and the final day for tickets sales is December 13. Tickets are £1 each and players must be 16 or over to take part.

Judy and Mandy


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