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Dagenham woman wins 17 week charity lottery rollover jackpot

PUBLISHED: 08:15 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 11 August 2017

Michelle Gower of St Francis Hospice presents cheque to lucky winner Laura, stood with mum Kim and grandma Linda

Michelle Gower of St Francis Hospice presents cheque to lucky winner Laura, stood with mum Kim and grandma Linda

Jane Merrigan

A Dagenham woman hit the jackpot by winning a charity lottery run by a hospice that cared for her late father in his final year.

The 17 week rollover was worth £8,500, money 18-year-old Laura Smith says she will use to have laser eye surgery and buy a car.

The charity lottery cost £1 a week to enter and supports Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-Atte-Bower.

She said: “This money has made a massive difference to my life.”

Her mother Kim Cerri, deputy head at Barking special school Riverside Bridge, said: “When it was first suggested dad go into Saint Francis Hospice I was adamant he shouldn’t go, but it was not what I expected and I immediately felt differently once I went up there.”

Laura collected the award with her mum, as well as grandma Linda Claydon.

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