Win helps daughter’s health battle

Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt (right) hands over a cheque for �10,000 and a BMW car to Lambourne Road, Tunstall resident Christine Rodgers (centre) and her daughter Joanna.

Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt (right) hands over a cheque for �10,000 and a BMW car to Lambourne Road, Tunstall resident Christine Rodgers (centre) and her daughter Joanna.

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A GRANDMOTHER who won £10,000 and a BMW will use her winnings for health care for her daughter – and keep her Fiat Panda.

Christine Rodgers, 63, was one of two neighbours in Lambourne Road, Tunstall, to share £30,000 prize money from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Grindon Hall school teacher also won a BMW 1 series car in a special monthly draw.

But the modest mum-of-three plans to stick with her four-year-old Fiat and use the money to help daughter Joanna, 27, with health care costs.

“It’s just an amazing surprise which will improve our lives in many ways and we’re so grateful,” she said.

“My daughter has Ehlers Danlos syndrome, which affects the muscles and things – and she has a lot of pain.

“Not a lot of people are expert in the field and she has to have a lot of tests, and a lot of those have to be done privately really.

“It’s nice for her to know there is some money there to help support her.”

Christine, is married to Alan, 61, a pathologist, and has two other children, Daniel, 32, and Christopher, 28, and one grandson, Joseph, two.

“I’ll be keeping my Fiat,” she said. “I may give the BMW to my husband, if he dares get in it,” she said. “We’re quite modest in what we drive.”

Christine signed up to the Postcode Lottery to help charities supported by the organisation.

She added: “A lot of them are struggling now because of the recession and this is a way of helping support them.

“If you win something it’s just the icing on the cake.”

Christine’s neighbours, who play with two tickets, won £20,000, but were believed to be away when the Postcode Lottery team called.