Seven of the Hill’s eight dogs: Lucy (Spain); Maddy (Newcastle); Serena (Spain); Kansas (Hungary); Tegan (Maddy’s niece), Martha and Sylvie. Flick the border collie wouldn’t play for the photographer.
Jeremy Hill of Louth, Lincolnshire is celebrating winning £6,750 with the RAF Association’s Wings Lotto.
The retired aircraft maintenance engineer said, “I signed up for it many years ago. I haven’t won anything before. Thank goodness I didn’t cancel!”
“There was a phone message one day. Jo from the Association said, ‘You’ve won some money’. I said, ‘That’s good’. When she said how much it was I said, ‘Are you sure you said six THOUSAND?’.”
“It’s a very strange feeling, but very pleasant. We hadn’t ever thought what we’d do if we won a substantial amount, so we’d not planned exotic holidays or anything. I’m sure we’ll find something for it – buy some more food for our dogs perhaps! We’ve got eight: a collie and the other seven are English Setters. They are from all over Europe – rescued from around the Mediterranean after they have been abandoned by hunters who no longer have a use for them.”
Mr Hill retired at 55 after 37 years in the RAF. Mainly based Lincolnshire, he was one of the first apprentice entries that went from single trade to multi trade. “I was trained for the TSR-2 and eventually ended up on the Lightning. I did a lot of detachments, but we were not given postings: though I spent a year unaccompanied in Goose Bay on The Falkland Islands.”
Jeremy’s Wings Lotto advice to everyone else is, “Give it a whirl, you might win.”
Even if you don’t win, your pound still goes to help serving and former serving RAF personnel who really need it. Money raised helps us to continue our welfare work. The lotto can be played by Association members and by non-members. For more information, including full terms and conditions, visit the Wings Lotto page.