When Philip Newham from Verwood bought a bouquet from Petals Florist for his wife Stephanie on their 16th wedding anniversary, he didn’t realise what luck his romantic gesture would bring.
He went to great lengths to choose flowers to replicate Stephanie’s bouquet on their wedding day, which included sunflowers.
He entered his receipt into the monthly CashUnity draw and his name was drawn as the winner of the £1,000 prize.
When Elizabeth Allen got the good news that she'd won CashUnity, she and her husband were working on a refit of their bathroom, so £500 cash came in very handy. "I can upgrade the tiles now," she said with a smile. She received a further £500 in shopping vouchers and chose to invest most of those in her bathroom refurb and going out with her family for a celebratory meal. Money well spent with CashUnity participating traders.
Marjorie Webber from Bournemouth is the latest winner of CashUnity. Aged 90, it was the first competition Marjorie had won in her life and she was thrilled with her £1,000 prize split into £500 cash and £500 worth of vouchers to spend at CashUnity businesses. She entered at Appliance Alliance in Winton.
Jan Wiltshire couldn't stop smiling when she won £1,000 after entering CashUnity.
She received £500 cash which has gone towards a holiday in Australia, £250 to spend at Carly's Crafts, £100 at Forum Jewellers, £50 at the Fish Inn, £50 at the Avon Causeway and £50 at Selby Butchers. Both Jan and the CashUnity businesses are very happy indeed.
Cassie Emery-Tyler from Bournemouth is the first winner to scoop the CashUnity £1,000 prize awarded as follows: £500 cash plus £250 to spend at Speciality Cakes (the business that issued the winning receipt), plus £250 worth of shopping vouchers to spend at anyCashUnity businesses of her choice. She decided to spend them as follows: £50 Webb's Butchers, £50 Speciality Cakes (yes, Cassie loves making cakes), £50 Tony Hair and £100 The Fish Inn.
It was a happy knitter, Lynne Tabraham from Southbourne who was our twelfth lucky winner.
She called into her local wool shop, Honora in Christchurch, before Christmas to buy £20 worth of wool to knit a jumper for her son Roger.
Having recently moved house, she decided to buy a new carpet with her winnings. "I will spoil myself with whatever is left over," she said.
November's £1,000 prizewinner, picked by Santa at the bumper prize draw, was Gwen Moss from West Moors who entered through Leanne's Hairdressers also in West Moors. This is the second winner who has entered at Leanne's in the shop local initiative devised by mags4dorset and Gwen said, "This is the first time I have ever won anything. The grandchildren will have a good Christmas this year."
What a welcome!
Ursula Bonner and her husband Philip hadn't long moved to West Moors when Ursula needed a haircut. Deciding to stay local, she visited Leanne's Hairdressers in the village where she also entered CashUnity.
It was her second entry in October that scooped her £1,000. "I'm over the moon," said Ursula. "With Christmas just around the corner, we will be spending some of the money on our two granddaughters and some on tiling the bathroom."
She said the win was the "icing on the cake" following her and Philip's move from Cambridgeshire to West Moors a couple of months ago
Watching paint dry was a rewarding experience for our 9th winner, Stephen Biddlecombe from Breamore.
After purchasing some pots of Perma-White paint from Caxton Décor in Fordingbridge to paint his windows, Stephen won himself £1,000.
A gamekeeper on the Breamore Estate, Stephen said, "I have never won anything before." He has no idea what he will spend the money on but added, "I'm sure my wife Jane will come up with a few suggestions."
Another delighted winner.
When Tim Richards from Verwood told his wife Helen he'd won, she thought he was joking.
"We've been talking about buying a summerhouse for the last eight years," said Tim. "Now we are going to do it." Self-employed quantity surveyor, Tim entered through Xerocad in Ferndown after having some large plans copied.
Our seventh winner, Douglas Blunden, is a Christchurch man. He entered locally through Think Print after purchasing ink cartridges for his printer at the High Street store.
With his wife housebound following a fall, Douglas knew exactly how he was going to spend his winnings. "I will be treating my wife Betty to a few days of luxury at a posh hotel when she is well enough," he said without hesitation.
It brought a tear to our eyes. Douglas and Betty have been married for 61 years.
In June we had a wedding anniversary winner from West Moors.
Ann Powrie made her purchase at Webb’s Butchers in West Moors on her 48th wedding anniversary and entered online. Little did she know that her entry was going to be the winner and as well as £1,000, she also received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from another participating trader, Petals Florist from Three Legged Cross.
Ann and her husband Keith are going to splash out on a few luxuries and give half their winnings to their children Cameron and Catherine.
Our May winner was so emotional when he heard he'd won £1,000 he nearly lost his voice.
Mr William Revill age 90 is the fifth winner of £1,000 in the latest mags4dorset CashUnity prize draw after taking his mobility scooter to Freedom Mobility Shop in the town for repair work. Business owner Janet Howard handed him his receipt, along with a CashUnity entry card and advised him to send it to mags4dorset.
May was full of happiness when Ringwood mother of five, Anna Heath won the April CashUnity prize draw.
Her £1,000 windfall couldn't have been better timed. She said, "My washing machine has just broken down and my cooker is falling apart." Her daughter Frances said, "Spend it on yourself, Mum." To which Anna replied, "I will, on a washing machine!" Anna likes to do parchment craft in her spare time and she entered CashUnity after making a purchase at Tulip Crafts in Ringwood.
The third winner of CashUnity is Mrs Michelle Gerchen from West Moors.
She was bowled over with her prize. "I've never won anything before and was very surprised," she said.
"I shop at Webb's Butchers because the meat tastes so much better than it does from the supermarket." She is a very satisfied shopper, especially now she has won £1,000 for supporting her local businesses.
The February winner of the mags4dorset CashUnity cash prize of £1,000 was Mike Womersley. After receiving the news, Mike, who owns The Three Lions at Stuckton, generously decided to give the whole amount to charity. He split it between the The Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal and Hannah's Holiday Home Appeal (for children with life threatening illnesses and working closely with the Piam Brown Unit in Southampton). mags4dorset's director Ben Pulford said, "It is heartwarming to think that the money has been donated to two such deserving causes."
The first winner of the mags4dorset CashUnity shop local initiative was overjoyed with her £1,000 cash prize.
Tracey Miller from Fordingbridge was presented with her £1,000 on 12 February at Townhouse in Ringwood where she entered the prize draw after having her hair cut.