Raffle win reuintes gran with family

Treetops raffle winner Gillian Brown
Treetops raffle winner Gillian Brown

A Derbyshire woman is celebrating after winning £3,000 in a spring raffle which raises money for Treetops Hospice.

The win means Gillian Brown, 66 from Swanwick can visit her granddaughter who lives in America.

Gillian said: “My son 
Anthony has lived in Washington for 3 years so I have only seen Mina once since she was born in February 2013 and that was when they visited here.

“I really miss her and it will mean so much to be able to go and see her.”

She added: “I couldn’t 
believe I had won and was absolutely over the moon. I always 
support Treetops because the idea of a hospice is such a good one; people really do need them and the carers need a break too.”

Gillian visited the hospice to collect her winnings with her son Tim who runs The Red Lion pub in Riddings.

The spring fever raffle, has this year raised £18,867.85, beating the target of £18,000. This money will be spent on providing end-of-life care for adults in Derbyshire and 

Mel de Vos, Treetops 
Hospice lottery manager, said: “We have had a fantastic 
response this year, thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and gave donations; your support is invaluable to Treetops Hospice”.