A grandmother from Barry, whose grandson became Britain’s youngest ever organ donor, has won the top prize in our Crackerjackpot Lottery.
Debra Carr, who is a long-time supporter of Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales, was delighted to learn that she had won the weekly top prize of £2,000.
Debra has two very personal reasons for supporting Tŷ Hafan. Her brother died when they were both teenagers and at that time there was nothing like Tŷ Hafan available for families. This experience gave Debra a genuine understanding of the need for a children’s hospice and she wanted to help as much as possible.
Sadly, Debra’s connection with the hospice became more personal when her grandson Teddy died last year. Debra’s daughter Jess and her partner made headlines when Teddy became Britain’s youngest ever organ donor.
Teddy’s parents learned that his life would be very short while Jess was pregnant and were determined that his life would not be in vain. His kidneys were donated to an adult recipient, providing a lasting legacy for Teddy.
Jess said: “A room was waiting for us at Tŷ Hafan which we didn’t use in the end as the organ donation was able to go ahead, but Tŷ Hafan has been very supportive to us. Teddy also has his own special stone in Tŷ Hafan’s memorial garden.”
On receiving the news that she had won the Lottery jackpot, Debra said: “I couldn’t believe it! I play the Lottery as a way to support Tŷ Hafan and never expected to win. It was a lovely surprise.”
With 81 guaranteed weekly prizes, including a £2,000 top prize plus a rollover jackpot of up to £12,000, becoming a member of the Tŷ Hafan Crackerjackpot is an excellent way of supporting a charity which makes a huge difference to life-limited children, young people and their families across Wales.