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Say hello to our £4000 jackpot winner, Liz!

Liz was the lucky winner of £4000, in our Christmas 2016 Jackpot Draw. Liz has been giving to Scope since the late 1990s, and started buying raffles in 2003. She tells us how she felt when she found out, and why she supports us by joining in with our raffles.

How did you feel when you found out you had won top prize?

I never thought I would win! My first reaction was that I wanted to give some of the money back to charity. I found out just after Christmas, and it was nice to have all my family there to tell them. Everyone was so surprised and excited!

What are you going to spend your winnings on?

I’m going to give some of the money back to Scope, and some to another charity, where a family friend works. We’re then going to split the rest of the money between my family. My daughter has recently become engaged, so the timing of this win was perfect.

What does Scope mean to you?

Scope seems to be a very worthwhile charity- I’ve been supporting Scope for a number of years. I used to be a teacher and I taught several disabled students, I once went on a trip with one girl who had cerebral palsy and she joined in with everything. I think it’s important for people to not be treated as different, and I think this is something Scope is really passionate about. I always liked to buy raffle tickets to support Scope, but I really never thought I’d win!

Would you like to win the top prize like Liz did? You’ve got to be in it to win it! Join our Spring Jackpot today for a chance to win £4000, whilst supporting our vital work with disabled people and their families.

Meet our £4,000 raffle winner Richard

Richard was the lucky winner of Scope’s £4,000 Summer Jackpot prize. Below he tells us how excited he was to win and why he supports us every week by playing the Scope Friday Lottery.

How did you feel when you found out you won the top prize?

Unbelievable! We always get a lot through the post and we just thought it was another letter. Then our son said “no, you’ve won!” We’re really grateful!

What are you going to spend your winnings on?

We haven’t decided yet but we think some of the winnings will go towards our mortgage. We’ve also just come back from a holiday in South America (my wife is from Chile) so it will help to pay for that!

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Richard with his wife in the garden

What does Scope mean to you?

I’ve been supporting Scope for years as I was born with cerebral palsy and it has been difficult at times, but I’ve coped well. I’m an artist and I paint.

When we retired the money went down and we stopped some of our charity donations but we couldn’t bring ourselves to stop our donation to Scope. It means a lot.

If you have been inspired by Richard’s story, you can enter the Spring Jackpot today for the chance to win £4,000 while supporting disabled people and their families.

Home insurance competition: DIY disasters, the highlights

In our second home insurance competition of the year. Offering yet another exciting chance to win £100 worth of John Lewis vouchers. We asked people what their biggest DIY disasters were.

We are pleased to announce the winner of this competition was, Nicola from Nottingham, congratulations Nicola!

We received quite a few disastrous stories from enthusiastic ‘DIYers’ involving issues like misplaced nails and over eager husbands which were funny, embarrassing and financially painful in equal measure. For your reading pleasure and lessons in what not to do we include some of the highlights below:

There were a few stories involving  issues with floors and nails, Sara telling the story of what happened when her husband had the ‘wise idea’ to secure a loose floorboard “which he was aware had a water pipe beneath it”, before the carpet fitters came in to do the hall.  See where this is going yet?  As she puts it: “He located the pipe and was very careful to put 4 nails around it, then he decided to stick one more, for luck, straight through the pipe! We found out that day just how expensive an emergency plumber is (not that he came particularly quickly, given that we had a water feature in the hall!).” Needless to say they’ve “managed to keep him away from most DIY jobs since then.”

Another nail-related disaster has Emily trying to “put a nail in wall to put a picture up” and “nailing through the electrics, oops!”

While Sarah’s husband also triggered a DIY disaster when in managing to do some “beautiful tiling in our kitchen” managed to, in the process, break four brand new plates “bought from Ikea that morning”. Her husband’s destructive enthusiasm is however something that Sarah has keen knowledge of having seen him before destroy her “BBQ and plastic greenhouse” when he demolished an “old dangerous shed in the garden”.

Alex meanwhile had his DIY disaster comedy moment when he hung a door and only found out it was upside down “when guests visited.”

Finally our winner Nicola’s story tells of how over- excited she gets when she has the enthusiasm to make something as she tires easily. As she relates: “I had bought an Ikea cupboard and when it had been dropped off. I was so excited I made it there and then in my front room, and was very proud of myself before I realised I couldn’t fit it upstairs in the room it needed to be in.” And it has been in her “front room out of place ever since as it won’t fit up my stairs and I don’t want to take it all down again!”

So if you’re ever feeling the need to do a spot of DIY just remember to think twice before hammering in those nails!

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