The charity has its very own weekly lottery which also runs two super draws a year, summer and Christmas. Hospice supporters are invited to buy and sell £1 tickets to help raise funds for the hospices St Julia’s in Hayle and Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell giving supporters the chance of winning one of 13 prizes from the £3,000 prize fund the top prize being £2,000.

Sarah Vincent, Lottery Manager for Cornwall Hospice Care; ‘This year we thought we’d take the summer draw outside and partnered up with the Cornwall Zorbing Park.  It was like a giant tombola, we zipped the tickets safely into the 10foot zorb with the park manager Lee Betts who jumped inside and rolling down the course.  The tickets certainly got a fair mix up and as the zorb reached the bottom Lee selected the winning ticket which had got tuck in his shirt collar during the tumble.

With this great Cornish partnership now in place my next challenge is to fill the Zorb with even more tickets next year!  It’s incredible the generosity of the local people buying tickets and it’s our promise that all the money raised in Cornwall with our lottery will be spent in Cornwall helping to run the hospices’. 

It was my great pleasure meeting our winner Mrs Ruth Sedgley from St Newlyn East who was delighted to be our winner and is celebrating her 90th Birthday in a few weeks’ time. Ruth said ‘My family have organised a party for me and when I found out I’d won I offered to pay for it, but they said NO!  I’m going to spend it wisely, a new bed for me, some back to the charity and then the family.

Ruth remembers the hospice as a place of peace when Mount Edgcumbe hospice cared for her husband Garfield.  Ruth visited Garfield every day during his stay at the hospice and was made to feel welcome by the nurses, I was even offered a bed to sleep in if I wanted to stay the night. 

Ruth's sister was also cared for at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, she said "I always remember when she was at the hospice her nails were beautifully shaped and painted, she never did them herself working on the farm it wasn't practical, she loved them".    

Other prizes were 2nd £500, 3rd £250 and 10 at £25. 

Prize winners were from across the county with only one up country winner from Gainsborough.