The winner of a charity raffle has donated back most of her prize pot back to a Worcestershire hospice.

Upton's Rita Bullock won the first prize of £3,100 in the St Richard’s Hospice Snowdrop Draw, a sum representing a pound for every person the hospice cares for each year.

However, upon hearing of her win, Mrs Bullock immediately donated £2,000 back to the hospice.



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Mrs Bullock purchased her lucky raffle ticket at the charity's shop in Upton.

Laura Clarke, campaigns fundraiser for the hospice, said: "Being able to contact raffle winners about a prize coming their way is a lovely part of my job but Rita’s kindness has taken that to another level.

"To donate £2,000 of her winnings to the hospice is so kind and could pay for someone to receive specialist care on our In-patient Unit for three days."

“Rita’s generosity, along with everyone else who so kindly bought tickets, means our raffle has raised £20,939.20 after costs.

"This is a huge amount to help us be there for patients, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.”

Mrs Bullock had a unique reason for participating in the raffle.

She explained: "Snowdrops are my favourite flower so I felt compelled to buy a ticket in my local St Richard’s shop in Upton and didn’t think too much more about it.

"When I received the call to say I’d won first prize, I felt straight away that I would like the hospice to benefit.

"I will treat myself to some new glasses and am delighted that the rest of the prize fund will help others."

She added: "My sister was cared for by St Richard’s before she died so I know first-hand what a difference their support makes."