EARLY bird Gillian Woods beat everyone to the St John’s Hospice treasure chest hunt by solving the clues which have appeared in the Lancaster Guardian over the last three weeks.
Mrs Woods collected the prize of £500 which was deposited in a St John’s Hospice account with the Furness Building Society.
She correctly identified Ryelands Park as the location of the treasure and made the short trip from her home in Lancaster to arrive just after 9am on Thursday to discover the hidden treasure chest.
She was delighted with her win, and the opportunity to support the excellent work of the hospice.
She said: “I enjoy solving puzzles but I don’t normally enter competitions.
“However, the hospice is such a worthwhile cause I wanted to support it. I was very surprised to be the first one to treasure location, but also delighted to be the winner and know that the money in the hospice account is helping to support their work.”
The St John’s Hospice charity account offers savers a good rate of interest and easy access to their money, but also generates an annual payment from Furness Building Society’s own funds equivalent to one per cent of all the balances.
In 2011 the Furness paid out more than £360,000 to its charity and affinity partners.
Catherine Butterworth, head of fundraising for St John’s Hospice, said: “We get fantastic support from local people to help maintain the hospice but we understand that times are tough.
“The St John’s Hospice charity account provides an opportunity to generate funds for the hospice but it is the building society that pays – none of the savers’ money goes to the hospice, so it is a great way to support us.”
Supporters can open the account by going into the Furness Building Society in Lancaster Gate, or one of the agencies in Carnforth, Arnside, Morecambe, and Milnthorpe. For more information visit www.furnessbs.co.uk.