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National Lottery winners support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital transformation

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National Lottery winners support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital transformation
National Lottery winners at Alder Hey

A heartwarming collaboration between a group of National Lottery winners and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is set to blossom into a vibrant transformation.

Alder Hey, one of Europe’s largest children’s hospitals, has long benefited from National Lottery funding, aiding its mission to provide top-tier healthcare to over 1,200 children and young people daily.

The ongoing multi-million-pound redevelopment aims to establish a world-class healthcare campus catering to all aspects of children’s health in one dedicated space.

Stepping in to contribute to this endeavor, a team of National Lottery winners, including those whose children have been treated at the hospital, rolled up their sleeves to plant colorful borders along a new path and walkway on-site.

The chosen area, adjacent to the Alder Centre – a bereavement unit, is visible to the thousands of families visiting the hospital each year.

The Alder Centre not only offers therapy and counselling but also hosts various courses and activities to support parents and siblings through bereavement, serving as a crucial resource for families in need.

Among the contributors were John and Patricia Gill, who scooped £1M on EuroMillions in 2015.

National Lottery winners at Alder Hey
National Lottery winners at Alder Hey

Patricia said:

“It is wonderful to think we can play a part in such a major building project and at such a prestigious location – not only in the UK – but across Europe.

“Everyone knows about Alder Hey and the tremendous life-saving work that the hospital does and to be able to help to create an even better environment for children and their families, really is a true honour!”

Ceri Roscoe-Roberts and husband Paul, from Conwy, who won £1M on EuroMillions in November last year, say they owe their youngest son’s life to Alder Hey after his pushchair collapsed with him inside and Ceri was forced to resuscitate him.

Ceri added, “Without Alder Hey my youngest would not be here today.

“The hospital does so much incredible work and I am truly honoured – thanks to my National Lottery win – to be back here today giving something back in terms of my time and contributing to a project which really will benefit thousands of people for many years to come.”

The team of National Lottery winners, who between them are worth more than £32M, spent a day planting a range of trees, climbers, grasses, bulbs and ever-greens which will flourish during the months ahead to bring smiles to the faces of everyone who visits the hospital.

National Lottery winners at Alder Hey
National Lottery winners at Alder Hey

Joining John and Patricia, and Ceri and Paul, were:

  • Sarah and Aldan Ibbetson, from Leeds, who won £3.1M on Lotto, in 2002.
  • Ruth Breen, from Wigan, who won £1M on EuroMillions in 2014.
  • Helen and Derek Garnett, from Ulverston, who won £1M on EuroMillions in 2017.
  • Ian and Sandra Black, from Carlisle, who won £2M on a National Lottery scratchcard in 2022.
  • Geoff and Hilary Bennette, from Lancashire, who won £3.5M on a Lotto jackpot in 2011.
  • Sharon and Nigel Mather, from Cheshire, who won £12M on EuroMillions in 2010.
  • Elaine and Rob Leason, from East Riding of Yorks, who won £1.4M as part of the Tesco Driffield Lotto jackpot winning syndicate in 2005.
  • Laura Hoyle, from Cheshire, who won the top prize on The National Lottery’s Set for Life draw of £10k every month for 30 years, during the third national lockdown.
  • Natalie and Andew Cunliffe, from Blackpool, who won £1M on a National Lottery scratchcard in 2016.
  • Ben and Leanne Woods, from Wirral, who won £2.4M on Lotto in 2004.
  • Alex Best, from Leeds, who won £1M on EuroMillions in 2018.
  • Fiona Ashcroft, CEO at Alder Hey Children’s Charity, said, “We have been extremely grateful to have the lottery winners on site – they have certainly done an excellent job and played a very important part in developing our Children’s Health Campus here at Alder Hey!”

The vision for the Children’s Health Campus, located next to Springfield Park in the city, is to provide an innovative, vibrant and safe place with a focus on developing the very best health outcomes for children and young people. Over time, this will showcase Alder Hey as a leader in children’s healthcare on a national and global scale.

By playing any National Lottery game, including EuroMillions, players generate £30M each week for National Lottery-funded projects. This money helps fund projects across the nation, with over 685,000 grants – supporting projects both big and small – having been made across the UK to date.

Players can buy and check their tickets online by downloading the National Lottery app or at

Players can also buy and check tickets in retail. Playing online via the app or website means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize. You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you’re a winner.

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