CHRISTMAS has come early for a Winsford grandad known for spreading festive cheer in the town after he won £1,000 on a charity lottery.

David Robinson brightens up Station Road each year with a huge array of festive lights and decorations adorning his home - all done to support St Luke's Hospice.

Not only does David raise money through his eagerly-awaited Christmas decoration displays, he also plays the hospice's weekly lottery, in which he has just bagged a top prize.

David, who has loyally played the hospice's lottery for years, was delighted with the win.

He said: “It was very pleasing, a lovely surprise. It’ll go in the bank and then if we see something we’ll treat ourselves and no doubt the grandchildren will get a treat out of it too. 

“We’ve won an odd £5 over the years, but we joined the lottery because we wanted to support the hospice and if you win then it’s a bonus.

"We never expected to win the jackpot. I’d urge anyone to join St Luke’s lottery, if you can spare £1 a week then chance it and support the hospice.”

To date, David and his family have raised more than £15,500 for the hospice through donations made by members of the community for their Christmas lights displays.

Northwich Guardian: Lottery jackpot winner David Robinson with Rachel Hughes from St Luke’s HospiceLottery jackpot winner David Robinson with Rachel Hughes from St Luke’s Hospice (Image: St Luke's Hospice)

They start work on the festive display in October, testing the hundreds of lights to make sure they are in working order.

It then takes the family one week to decorate the house and then another week to connect them all to the electric.

St Luke’s lottery manager Nicola Mainwaring said: "We were delighted to call David to tell him he had won £1,000 with our weekly lottery.

"We can’t think of a more deserving winner! We are so grateful to the Robinson family for their continued support of the hospice.

"From playing our lottery to their festive fundraising they have certainly made a difference to patient care over the years."

The lottery has grown over the last three decades to become St Luke’s biggest single source of income and has raised more than £12 million since its launch. It still costs just £1 a week to play.

There are 35 cash prizes up for grabs each week, including a guaranteed £1,000 jackpot and a £200 rollover, which can be won at any time but accumulates until it reaches £5,000 when there will be a guaranteed winner.

Every penny raised in profit from the lottery supports local people being cared for by St Luke’s.

To find out more or to sign up, visit