A Maltby mum will be jetting off to the other side of the world for a long overdue visit to see her son after scooping the £3,300 rollover jackpot in Bluebell Wood’s charity lottery.

The mum-of-three was initially shocked to receive the phone call from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice -  but this quickly turned to delight.

“I thought it was a joke at first!” said Rachel Gill, 53, a manager at a preschool.

“I asked my daughter if she’d put someone up to it to trick me. I'm not generally a lucky person and have never won anything like this so I just couldn’t believe it!”

Once she had got over the surprise, Rachel and her youngest daughter Ruby knew exactly what they were going to spend the money on.

“My son Oliver lives in Perth, Australia and I’ve only seen him once in the past six years,” Rachel added.

“He was supposed to be coming home to visit this year but sadly it wasn’t possible because of Covid.

“But now, thanks to Bluebell Wood’s lottery, my daughter and I will be able to go and see him next year. I do miss him lots so I can’t wait to get over there. It’s just absolutely amazing.”

There is a £1,000 top prize up for grabs every week through Bluebell Wood’s charity lottery, and every ticket sold helps local children make precious memories with their families in the time they have together.

For as little as £1 a week, players are in with a chance of scooping the jackpot or the runner up prizes of £100, £50 or £10.

Kelly Gerrard, Lottery Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “It was fantastic to be able to give Rachel such a wonderful surprise and we wish her all the best for her special trip down under to see her son.

“Every person who plays our lottery helps to support our life-changing work so whoever scoops the top prize, the children and families we care for are always winners too.

“If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning our weekly jackpot while supporting local families through some of the toughest times they’ll ever face, then our charity lottery is the perfect opportunity."

You can enter now by calling the hospice on 01909 517 365