Mother of serving army soldier wins £5,000 in Veterans' Lottery draw

Sharon Kirby is celebrating after scooping the £5,000 first prize in this month’s Veterans’ Lottery prize draw.

She started playing because her son Charlie, is currently serving in the British Army and wanted to do something for British veterans in need.

The 60-year-old, from, Norwich, Norfolk, found out about the Veterans’ Lottery on Facebook and she’s the first to admit that she didn’t join to win.

She plays to help fund the life-changing work carried out by charities, who are funded by money that’s raised by players of the national Veterans’ Lottery.

“I signed up for the Veterans’ Lottery in 2017  because my son joined the army at around the same time and I just wanted to do something for him and other like it because they could use the support one day,” she said.

“It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest if I never won a penny because £10 a month is so small to help the brave men and women who do so much for everyone in this country.” 

“When I got the call from the Veterans’ Lottery to say that I had won I was absolutely speechless and that doesn’t normally happen to me. I was doing my driveway so I thought, well, that’s perfect.

“I actively encourage other people to sign up and I really hope that my story inspires others to do the same.”

Sharon’s son Charlie, is 24-years-old and he’s a gunner in the Royal Artillery.

He added: “When I heard that my mum had won £5,000 through the Veterans’ Lottery I honestly couldn’t believe it. I’m so happy for her.

“It’s great to see great things happening to great people.