Millionaires dig deep to help children’s hospital bloom

Ceri Roscoe-Roberts credits Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for saving the life of her young son after his pushchair collapsed and she was forced to resuscitate him.

She said, “Without Alder Hey my youngest would not be here today.”

Ceri and her husband Paul, who won £1Million on EuroMillions last year, were able to show their gratitude recently when they joined a team of green-fingered National Lottery millionaires helping plant colourful borders alongside a new path and walkway at the world-famous hospital. The greenery is part of a major transformation project at Alder Hey which cares for more than 1,200 children and young people every day.

Ceri said, “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 piece of land the millionaires helped to transform is situated around the Alder Centre – a bereavement unit. It is a part of the hospital that can be seen by the thousands of families who visit every year.

The Alder Centre not only offers one-to-one therapy and counselling sessions, it also hosts bakery, art and a whole range of courses designed to help and support parents and siblings through bereavement.

John and Patricia Gill, from Warrington, who won £1Million on EuroMillions in 2015, were among the millionaires helping on the day.

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!”

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.”

Other National Lottery millionaires planting trees, climbers, grasses, bulbs and ever-greens at Alder Hey included Sarah and Aldan Ibbetson from Leeds, who won £3.1Million on Lotto in 2002. They were joined by Ruth Breen from Wigan, who won £1Million on EuroMillions in 2014 and Helen and Derek Garnett, from Ulverston, who won £1Million on EuroMillions in 2017.

The team also included Ian and Sandra Black from Carlisle, who won £2Million on a National Lottery scratchcard in 2022; Geoff and Hilary Bennette from Lancashire, who won £3.5Million on a Lotto jackpot in 2011; Nigel Mather from Cheshire, who won £12Million on EuroMillions in 2010 and Elaine and Rob Leason from East Riding of Yorks, who won £1.4Million as part of the Tesco Driffield Lotto jackpot-winning syndicate in 2005.

Also putting their ‘green thumbs’ to good use were Laura Hoyle from Cheshire, who won the top Set For Life prize of £10Thousand every month for 30 years in 2021; Natalie and Andrew Cunliffe from Blackpool, who won £1Million on a National Lottery Scratchcard in 2016 and Alex and Liana Best from Leeds, who won £1Million on EuroMillions in 2018.

25th April 2024

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