Tim Weeks, a Local Hospice Lottery player for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, had an amazing surprise recently when he won the top £25,000 rollover prize.
Tim said: “It was hard to believe I had won at first! I am so pleased to support St Wilfrid’s, which has cared for so many of my close friends, making the world of difference in their last days, the nurses helping to give crucial quality time for spending with friends and family.”
Tim is also known locally as ‘The Gramophone Guru’, having begun his hobby 40 years ago by collecting gramophones, and the 78 RPM records to go with them, with his pocket money. By the 1980s, gramophones were no longer regarded as old junk, making the transition to collectable antiques.
Antique dealers quickly realised that one that worked was worth a lot more than one that didn’t, and he realised he had a saleable skill to offer. Tim traded at Alfies’ Antique Market in London, under the name ‘The Gramophone and Wireless Shop.’
In the mid 1990s he returned to Chichester and set up his workshop in East Dean. As an avid supporter of St Wilfrid’s Terminus Road furniture shop, he visits the record corner, often restoring old audio equipment to their former glory. You can see his handiwork at http://gramophoneguru.com and later this week he will also be appearing on ‘The Repair Shop’ on BBC1.
What is the first thing he is going to spend his winnings on?
“Jemima – my Morris Minor 1000,” Tim says. “I have fixed her up a number of times over the past 43 years. There are some long awaited repairs that I can now finally get around to doing.”
Local Hospice Lottery and St Wilfrid’s Hospice have raised £1.1 million. For £1 per week, you can support St Wilfrid’s to deliver end of life care in the local community and be in the chance of winning a top weekly prize of £2,000. The weekly second prize of £1,000 can rollover up to a maximum of £25,000. Local Hospice Lottery gives between 55 per cent and 80 per cent of proceeds from those playing in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. As a comparison, the National Lottery gives only 25 per cent of its proceeds to good causes.
For more information, please contact Marcia Nguyen on 01243 755 837 or email: Marcia.Nguyen@stwh.co.uk or sign up to the lottery direct at: localhospicelottery.org