It’s full time and we have our winners!

We recently announced the winning numbers in our Kieran Trippier Football Shirt raffle, and the brilliant news that ticket sales have raised £5,500 for the hospice.

We had the lovely job of letting the lucky winners know the good news, and we invited them into the hospice to congratulate them in person, as well as hand over their prizes.

Mrs Janice Shearer (no relation to the Toon Army legend) was the winner of the Newcastle United shirt that Kieran wore in a recent match against Manchester City. Janice was delighted to hear the news of her win, but not as much as her grandson Bobby, 9 will be when he hears he is the lucky recipient of the prize!

Janice Shearer

Janice said:

“I heard about the raffle for Kieran’s shirt in one of the hospice’s email newsletters and thought I would enter as my grandson Bobby is a big fan of Newcastle United. Kieran Trippier is his favourite player and he wears a football shirt with his name on the back. He also has his hair cut like Kieran’s, asking for his style when he goes to the barbers.

“I am picking Bobby up from school later so I can’t wait to share the good news with him.”

Our second winner was Cliff Burr, who is now the proud owner of a signed England shirt that Kieran wore in the 150th Anniversary Heritage Friendly Match against Scotland at Hampden Park in September. As a proud Scotsman, this match doesn’t hold very happy memories for Cliff, with England winning 3-1. But his son Hamish, an England fan and Newcastle United supporter, was delighted when his dad broke news of his win.

Cliff Burr with son hamish

Hamish said:

“Dad asked me if I was working the following day and when I asked why, he said he wanted me to come along to the hospice with him to collect something, it turned out to be Kieran’s England shirt that he had won in the raffle! I was over the moon, especially with it being my birthday next week. Dad told me it’s an early present!”

Cliff has supported the hospice for several years now, playing our weekly lottery, entering our Annual Big Car Raffle and supporting our Christmas Tree-cycle campaign. He added:

“I live locally and first became aware of the hospice when I worked at Tyne Tees and we covered a story about the charity. Since then, I have helped in whichever way I can and when I saw the raffle tickets on sale, I thought I would enter in support. I can’t believe I actually won!”

Thank you to everyone who played and supported our raffle – you are all winners in our eyes. And of course, thanks go to our Children and Young Adult’s Service Official Ambassador, Kieran Trippier, for donating these two fantastic prizes.

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