Meet the team - Julie Beedham

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Your Charity Lottery raises over a million pounds for Dove House Hospice and its charity partners every year. Promoting the lottery in order to recruit new players and delivering an excellent customer experience to potential and existing players is key to what we do. It takes a dedicated team of people both in the office and out and about in the community. From visiting charity shops supporting the sale of lottery products, recruiting new lottery players door-to-door and at venues to attending community events within the area covered; our CLAs are out in the community meeting people raising awareness of the services provided by the hospice and raising much needed funds towards these. The role of Community Lottery Assistant (CLA) is multi-faceted and varies day to day.

Today we meet with Julie, who works throughout North Lincolnshire on behalf of Lindsey Lodge Hospice. Julie has been part of the lottery team for over 3 years. To find out a bit more about what her role entails, I asked a few questions.

What attracted you to work at Your Charity Lottery?

I was looking for part time work after I'd finished a full-time career which involved me travelling all over the country. I found out about the position of Community Lottery Assistant through an agency. When the lady described the role, I thought it's everything that I wanted: be involved in the community, out and about and not tied into an office environment and meeting people, which is something that I really enjoy. When I found out about the hospice that then drew me in even more, knowing that you can make such a difference in people's lives.

What do you get out of it?

The role is not just promoting the lottery and collecting money from people. It's a lot more than that. I work in North Lincolnshire and a lot of my customers are older people who really do look forward to my visits. When I see them, they want to tell me about what's happened in their lives, but they also show an interest in my life as well. On occasions I may be invited in and they might have spilled something on the floor they can't clean up so I end up cleaning it up, or a customer may want a letter posted so I go off and do it for them. They're so grateful and it makes me feel as if I've made a little bit of a difference. Just to spend a couple of minutes chatting to somebody about something, you might be the only person they've since that day. It makes you feel good. I can honestly say there's not one person that I go see that I think 'oh no I've got to go see them'.

What would you say to somebody who is considering applying for the Community Lottery Assistant position?

I would say definitely go for it. You've got to have a friendly, positive attitude, outgoing personality and like people. I think the other thing is to smile because people love that when you knock on the door with a smile or if you see them at a venue.

What do you do when you're not working?

I'm very involved with my family, especially my granddaughter. I do a bit of gardening, lots of reading, and I do like socializing. So really this job is just an extension of my life, so it's perfect.

If you would like to join Julie and the rest of our team we are currently recruiting for a Community Lottery Assistant in the Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire area to promote the lottery on behalf of Lindsey Lodge. Find out more here.

Keith’s story - what your support means

Keith lost his wife Anita to ovarian cancer last year. Thanks to the generous support of the local community, Dove House was there for Keith and picked him back up when his life came tumbling down and, with your help, he wants everyone who needs hospice care to be able to access it long into the future – you can do this by buying tickets for the Summer Raffle.

He says “I first met Anita on a Christmas Eve. We had a lot in common and talked for ages. We shared a love of travelling and enjoyed talking about our experiences and the places we had visited. I asked her out for a drink, and our relationship grew from there. Anita was the most caring and smartest person I ever knew. We travelled a lot together, having adventures in exciting places, nowhere was off limits, the more bizarre the better!

The next chapter in our life saw us adopting our little boy, Jamie, and the three of us did so many things together, we had such a good time watching him grow up. Our house was full of laughter.

About four years ago, Anita was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We both kept a positive outlook, and Anita went through a few years of treatment, eventually getting the "all clear" and going into remission. We were so happy and felt like this was a new beginning, so we booked a family holiday to Florida.

A week before we were due to go, Anita's pain returned and we went back to hospital, only to be told the cancer had spread and that Anita had 3-6 months to live. Anita knew she did not want to die at home, as home had always been a happy place - she did not want that to change. Our GP suggested we get in touch with Dove House, we then went to have a look round not knowing what to expect and Anita was later admitted.

I was worrying about Anita, and she was worrying about me and Jamie. I worried about her being alone when I had to work. However, Dove House took the worries away from us all. I sometimes visited three times a day, and I would often arrive as a therapist was massaging her feet, with Anita laying sleepy and relaxed. I knew she was being looked after.

Anita also knew that Dove House was there for me, that I wasn't fighting this alone. I had people to talk to when I came into the hospice, and men don't always have that, at Dove House I didn't feel like I had to put on a brave face. The nurses, doctors and support staff were always there when I needed them.

Dove House is not what you expect, people are laughing and smiling, there is happiness. Emotional support is so important when you know someone is dying, and when they know they are dying - you are just waiting for that day, and time is just ticking away. Dove House provides support and comfort, it is not a place of darkness and doom, and I have some happy memories of the time Anita and I spent there.

I would like to say to people, please support Dove House. My life came tumbling down one day and Dove House picked it up again, and I cannot really thank them enough. Dove House is like a family, it is a family to me.”

The hospice currently receives one of the lowest amounts of Government funding in the country and therefore relies heavily on public support to continue to help local people and their families living with life-limiting illnesses. It is hoped the Your Charity Lottery Summer Raffle will raise over an additional £25,000 for the hospice. Tickets for the Summer Raffle cost just £1, and prizes include £3,000 cash or a summer holiday to the same value, £500 in cash and 25 bundles of £20. All proceeds go directly back to patient care at Dove House Hospice.

If you would like to support people in your local community like Keith you can buy tickets to the Summer Raffle by clicking here

Winter Raffle winner

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The Winter Raffle jackpot winner was 92 years old Mrs Nevet from Hull. She has been supporting Dove House through the lottery for 20 years in memory of her daughter. Mrs Nevet is considering whether to spend her £2,019 win on her cruise or a donation back to the hospice. She enjoyed her tour of the hospice seeing how the services have developed over the years and what her support meant to Dove House.

The Winter Raffle raised a fantastic £30,201 which will go towards the many services Dove House Hospice is able to develop and run free of charge to those requiring the support of the hospice care teams. A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Winter Raffle.

March Jakpot winner

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Mr Kerry won the £1,000 prize jackpot prize in draw dated 1st March, 2019. Mr Kerry has played the Lottery for 18 years and this is his fourth win during this time. Mr Kerry’s family have had first had experience of support from Dove House back in 1996 and noticed how the hospice has changed since as he and his wife had a tour of the hospice facilities. Mr Kerry stated that his support of the hospice through the Lottery is something he was determined not to stop. He and his wife have agreed to participate in the Change for Care Appeal and took a personal collection box with them to collect their loose change in support of Dove House.

Rosemary’s story - what your support means

Paul, Charlie and Rosemary at Dove House Midnight Walk

Paul, Charlie and Rosemary at Dove House Midnight Walk

Rosemary lost her husband Paul to bowel cancer two years ago. Thanks to the generous support of the local community raising funds for the hospice, he was able to have his final wish. He died with dignity, at Dove House Hospice with Rosemary by his side. She wants as many people to support the Winter Raffle as possible so that the unconditional support she and her husband received can be experienced by many more.

She says: ‘Paul was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013. As a fit and healthy 57 year old who played golf and went to the gym several times a week; it was a huge shock to us.

When the tumour, not so fondly referred to as ‘Herbert’ was discovered, it was already quite large and the surgery and treatments Paul went on to have were invasive and unpleasant. Paul was desperate not to be seen as the ‘man with cancer’ and he faced his illness with humour and a determination to put something back into the services he was going to need as he got more poorly-often wearing his ‘coffin dodger’ t-shirt as he raised thousands of pounds for Dove House Hospice as well as other causes that had meant so much to us.

Paul loved coming to Dove House. He loved playing his guitar and in his youth dreamed of being the next Eric Clapton. Our first interactions with Dove House were through a referral to music therapy and with the music therapist, Patrick, Paul created two pieces of music that not only gave him a creative outlet and a place to escape to a few hours each week, but which were composed for use in the complementary therapy rooms so that other patients could enjoy them-that’s the sort of selfless man Paul was.

Towards the end of October 2016 Paul became very poorly and was admitted to the inpatient unit at Dove House. ‘Everyone was so kind, making me and our dog, Charlie, feel so welcome. There was nothing that the nurses wouldn’t do for us; from making sure that we knew what was happening to pushing two beds together so that I could hold Paul close. Thanks to people like you who have supported the hospice, Paul was comfortable and peaceful when he died and for that I will be forever grateful.’

With one of the lowest government funding in the country, the hospice relies heavily on public generosity to continue to help local people and their families living with life-limiting illnesses. It is hoped the Your Charity Lottery Winter Raffle will raise over an additional £25,000 for the hospice. Tickets for the Winter Raffle are only £1 and with a top prize of £2,019 your support could mean a great start to the New Year.

If you would like to support people in your local community like Rosemary and her husband you can buy tickets to the Winter Raffle by clicking here

Meet the team - Clare Stocker

Meet the team - Clare Stocker

With over 20,000 entries in our weekly draw making sure all the ‘t’s’ are crossed and ‘i’s’ dotted takes a lot of time and organisation. Managing an army of volunteers and staff to keep everything ticking is the job of Senior Lottery Administrator, Clare Stocker. We manage to catch up with Clare for a few minutes to find out more about her role, over a cup of tea of course!