Meopham mum celebrates win on charity lottery
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 May 2014
A family is celebrating a £1,000 win at the same time as raising funds for the charity that offered them support for their son's rare skin condition.
Liz Taylor, 44, of Cheyne Walk, Meopham, won the money on a lottery that raises funds for DEBRA, a charity which aims to offer help and support to people with a rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
EB is a group of genetic disorders that result in fragility of the skin and sometimes other organs. Sufferers can develop open wounds, sores and blisters as a result of even the slightest rub, touch or trauma.
Liz has played the lottery, which supports the charity, for the last three years.
The charity gave her help and advice in caring for her 13-year-old son Matthew, who has had the condition since he was born.
Liz said: “DEBRA has been heavily involved with us since Matthew was born.
“Playing the lottery is just my way of doing something to support them on a weekly basis.
“When he was born, the EB nurses, who are part-funded by DEBRA, came to our home and taught us how to look after him as parents.
“It is completely different as a parent because when he was a baby he was covered in blisters and we had to burst them twice a day and learn how to manage his condition entirely out of the blue.”
Liz and her husband Alan, 51, were still deciding how to spend their winnings and were considering putting the money towards a two-week holiday in America later this year.
DEBRA is a part of Unity Lottery, which is run by Sterling Lotteries.
The lottery, which charities can join, allows supporters to donate money to their chosen causes and also have the chance to win up to £25,000.
Participants pay £1 a week to play the lottery with 50p of this going towards their chosen cause. In 2013 this helped DEBRA raise £2,800 to fund its work.
Mike Bartlett, director of fundraising and communications at DEBRA, said: “The Unity Lottery is an easy way to give money to DEBRA as 50p from every £1 comes directly to us to help fund pioneering research into EB as well as support and care for those living with the condition today.
“DEBRA is thrilled that Liz has won £1,000 through the DEBRA weekly lottery and thank her for supporting our cause.”
■ For more information visit sterlinglotteries.co.uk or unitylottery.co.uk.