CHRISTMAS came early for an 80-year-old who bagged first prize in Help the Aged’s prize draw in Little Sutton.
The tickets were drawn just before Christmas at the charity’s shop in Chester Road.
Assistant shop manager Julie Cooper said the winner, Rhoda Walson of Glenwood Road in Little Sutton, was “thrilled to bits”.
The prize draw, which was the brainchild of shop manager Bernadette Skelton, raised £120 for Help the Aged through sales of 120 tickets.
Ms Skelton had approached businesses in Little Sutton and asked them to donate prizes for the charity draw.
The top prize included jewellery from Jewels, Chester Road; two jewellery cases from Sutton Glass, Ledsham Road; breakfast for two at Meameys on Chester Road; a month’s membership for two at Thirty Minute Work Out for Women on Chester Road; £20 vouchers from Tigerlilly, a florist on Chester Road; plus donations from the Help the Aged shop including watches, children’s toys and Christmas decorations.
Other prizes included bottles of gin, vodka and Pimm’s donated by the Travellers Rest, Ledsham Road.
Help the Aged runs many schemes in Ellesmere Port that support elderly people. A Handy Van project provides home security help to pensioners including fitting door chains and smoke alarms free of charge.
The Ashworth Time Bank, in which over-60s swap skills such as gardening and internet abilities, is also run locally.
Festive meal grants are available into January to charitable and community groups who provide help to older people.
For information about Help the Aged’s work in Ellesmere Port, contact regional co-ordinator Waqar Abbasi on 077932 45441 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org