Lottery winners give back to hospital that saved son's life

Lottery winners from across the UK help out with gardening at Alder Hey Children's Hospital (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Lottery winners from across the UK turned horticulturists to create a new pathway garden at Europe’s busiest children’s hospital -Credit:No credit

A couple who won £1m on the National Lottery have returned to the hospital that saved their son's life, this time as volunteers. Ceri and Paul Roscoe-Roberts, who hit the jackpot on the EuroMillions last November, joined 21 other lottery winners at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool on Tuesday to lend a hand with some gardening.

Ceri, 43, from Conwy, expressed her gratitude towards the hospital for saving her youngest son, now 16, when his pushchair collapsed with him inside. She said: "Without Alder Hey, my youngest would not be here today."

She added: "The hospital does so much incredible work and I am truly honoured thanks to my National Lottery win to be back here today giving something back in terms of my time and contributing to a project which really will benefit thousands of people for many years to come."

The group of winners, whose combined winnings total £32m, spent the day planting borders alongside a new walkway around the Alder Centre bereavement unit. The hospital is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound redevelopment to create a world-class healthcare campus, where all aspects of children's health can be addressed in one dedicated space.

Patricia Gill, a resident of Warrington who together with her husband John scooped £1m on the Euromillions in 2015, proudly stated: "It is wonderful to think we can play a part in such a major building project and at such a prestigious location not only in the UK but across Europe.

"Everyone knows about Alder Hey and the tremendous life-saving work that the hospital does and to be able to help to create an even better environment for children and their families, really is a true honour."

Expressing gratitude, Fiona Ashcroft, chief executive at Alder Hey Children's Charity, mentioned: "We have been extremely grateful to have the lottery winners on site they have certainly done an excellent job and played a very important part in developing our Children's Health Campus here at Alder Hey."