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East Lancashire lottery winners spread festive cheer at Derian House
2:30pm Friday 13th December 2013 in Chorley
SOME of Lancashire’s biggest lottery winners spread festive cheer at Derian House as they drove their ‘winner wonderland’ bus to the Chorley children’s hospice to hand out gifts.
The real-life Santas included Geoff Bennette, from Rishton, Deborah Mather and Kevin Halstead, both from Chorley.
Former school governor Geoff scooped £3.5 million with a lucky dip ticket in 2011, ex-bus driver Kevin won £2.3 million after spending 17 years driving the 125 route from Bolton to Preston and Deborah Mather won over £5 million after a tarot reading inspired her to buy a lottery ticket in 2005.
Derian House supports more than 300 families who have children with life shortening illnesses and a further 200 who are receiving bereavement support.
Suzy Poppitt of Derian House said: “It was a fantastic day and all the children here had a wonderful time.
“The lottery winners were very, very generous and had liased with us before the event to see if there was anything that we needed.
“They donated a large amount of sensory equipment that would have taken us a long time to fundraise for if we were to buy it ourselves.
“It must have cost in excess of £2,500 and will be so useful to us.
“Sensory equipment is really important and a lot of the equipment they’ve donated is portable and hand held, meaning that we can take them on home visits.”
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