John Tewkesbury, a retired firefighter, who won great prize on the BBC program National Lottery: “In it to win it”, donated brand new ophthalmoscope to the Frank Shaw maternity ward at Conquest Hospital.
This great gambling news comes after his GBP 30,000 win in November 2012. His choice of hospital is not random, as his wife Jayne, worked there for more than 20 years, as a maternity support worker.
Tewkesbury commented: “I wanted to give some of my prize money to the Conquest where my wife works. We asked them what they needed and they chose the ophthalmoscope.”
“In it to win it” started in 2002 and it is the longest running game program, which goes along with the lottery, fulfilling all UK gambling laws. It includes five competitors that are trying to outdo each other and win great cash prize.
John won thanks to answering one question about the Gatwick Airport. He commented: “I just couldn’t believe it. Me and my wife use that airport to go on holiday. I nearly fell off my chair.”
The winner continued: “Being on the show was brilliant and I was very lucky! I was just so happy to win that sort of money. We managed to go away on holiday and have done all kinds of things, it’s a life-changing amount.”
The new GBP 300 ophthalmoscope, which was donated by the Tewkesbury family last month, will be used to check the health of babies’ eyes, before they leave the hospital.
Melanie Southwood, the mid-wife matron, expressed her gratitude: “We would like to thank John for his generosity in donating this much needed piece of equipment.”