4 The Chronicle, Thursday, 16th September 2021.
Unlucky ticket holder loses £1m
Camelot UK Lotteries, operator of the National Lottery, has announced that a £1m UK Millionaire Maker prize from the EuroMillions draw on 12th March has remained unclaimed.
The owner bought the ticket in Cheshire East and the deadline for them to claim their prize was at midnight on 8th September.
Camelot’s Andy Carter,
senior winners’ advisor, said: “Unfortunately, the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize and has now sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money. The money will now add to the £36m raised every week for National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.”
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Barefoot walker’s lakeside challenge for school funds
Fellow parents think he is “bonkers” but are delighted that dad Andrew Howard has raised almost £1,000 for his son’s school after walking — barefoot — around Rudyard Lake each day for two weeks.
The 54-year-old likes to feel nature through the soles of his feet and it wasn’t the first time he has completed such a … feat.
In 2019 he walked the 11 miles to work in Etruria, Stokeon-Trent, every day for a week, and raised about £2,600, split between the Donna Louise Hospice, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Fibromyalgia Action UK charities.
Now Mr Howard is already planning his next shoeless and sockless fund-raiser in supports of Cancer Research.
His Rudyard Lake challenge last month was in aid of Horton St Michael’s CE First School and Nursery, where his youngest son Oliver is a pupil.
Oliver joined his dad on four laps of the lake and here they are at the end of the narrow gauge railway.
Each lap of the lake is 4.5 miles and Oliver joined his dad for four circulars around the popular stretch of Moorlands water.
Mr Howard, of Leek, said: “My little boy has a number of Biddulph Moor friends, and Chronicle readers having any connection to this school will know what a magical place it is, how wonderful the staff are, and what a first rate job the PTA — the Friends of Horton St Michael’s - do helping to pay for things such as trips, materials for and around school, and treats.
“This project was my contribution, and 14 laps was to make up just over 60 barefoot miles — the school will be 60 years old in 2022!”
Explaining why he decided on such a barefoot challenge he said: “If you know me, you’ll know I’d rather be without shoes if I can — always have. So doing tricky things barefoot seems an obvious way for me to raise funds for good causes.”
Of his barefoot walks around Rudyard Lake Mr Howard said the “rough gravelly bit between the end of the narrow gauge railway and the northern end of the lake” was the hardest part.
He added: “My fellow parents all think I’m bonkers but are delighted that I’m raising funds for our kids. I had some company from fellow parents on a few laps, which has been lovely.
“By and large the reaction from passers-by around the lake was one of mystification. A few did stop to chat, and gave funds — I collected £70 from generous strangers!”
Donations can still be made by visiting justgiving.com and searching for “Barefoot60”
Mr Howard on the path between Rudyard Lake Sailing Club and Cliffe Park Hall.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has released its 77th newsletter to almost 12,000 supporters. The newsletter leads with an update on the petition society ran, calling on the Government to increase protection offered to the hedgehog. See britishhedgehogs.org.uk.
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