Mum’s Lottery Gift Idea


A Leicestershire woman who bought a charity lottery ticket that scooped £1,000 for her family is urging people to consider using the tickets as a thoughtful gift.

Last Christmas, Natalia Valdivieso, of Mountsorrel, bought her sister-in-law, Clare Ennals, a £10 lottery gift voucher from Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The couple hit the jackpot last week winning £1,000.

Natalia said: “I spotted a leaflet for the lottery and thought it was fantastic fundraising scheme. I am always stuck for ideas for gifts so thought this was perfect as it could benefit my family and also raise vital funds for the children and their families that Rainbows cares for.

“I think it is the perfect gift and would encourage people to treat their friends and families; you never know they could be lucky.”

As a thank you gesture, Mrs Ennals, of East Leake, will be buying a year’s subscription to the Rainbows’ Lottery for Natalia.

Clare said: “This was a wonderful and unusual gift and we never expected for a minute that we would win. We thought it was a joke when we heard and it was very exciting. We have renewed our voucher for a year and we are also buying one for Natalia to say thank you.”

The Rainbows Lottery runs every week and costs £1 to enter and one person will win the £1,000 top prize every week.

Jas Dosanjh, Lottery Manager at Loughborough-based Rainbows, added: “The Rainbows Lottery really makes a big difference to our work as we can rely on the donations it generates. All money raised funds the running of our Hospice, which provides care for children with life-limited illnesses and their families. By treating someone to a Lottery gift voucher, you could be giving them a big surprise.”

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Pictured: Rainbows Hospice Lottery Manager, Jas Dosanjh

For further information, please contact Scott Lea on [email protected] or 01509 638062 / 07980 901297.

About Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People covers the whole of the East Midlands, although it is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, had died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura’s favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, hundreds of life-limited children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be told their child will die before them. But for an estimated 20,000 families across the UK, this is a reality. Some of these children will die when they’re very young, others will deteriorate slowly over a number of years.

In most cases, full-time care falls to the parents – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not surprisingly the whole family is under huge emotional, physical and financial strain.

Rainbows helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.