Couple's £500 win donated to Philippines

Salisbury Journal: Surprise win: Richard Barton, SBW's Customer Services Manager (left) presents the £500 cheque to Gill Redmond and Pete Gritton. Surprise win: Richard Barton, SBW's Customer Services Manager (left) presents the £500 cheque to Gill Redmond and Pete Gritton.

A RINGWOOD couple who won £500 after paying their water bill online are planning to donate some of the money to victims of the Philippines typhoon.

Pete Gritton and Gill Redmond, of Hightown, won a prize draw organised by electronic billing service MyBillsOnline, which processes payments to Sembcorp Bournemouth Water.

Mr Gritton, a seasonal craft workshop leader at The Lantern Community, said: "We're going to donate some of the money to the Disasters Emergency Committee which is coordinating the appeal for victims of the Philippines typhoon.

"The rest will pay for a radio microphone to help me when I'm calling for folk band Jigfoot.

"Gill is a cellist in the band, and we are holding a ceilidh on January 4 at Ringwood Waldorf School to raise money for WaterAid."

SBW MD Roger Harrington said: "We are very pleased that Pete and Gill are giving some of the money to the Philippines typhoon appeal.

"Our own staff and the company have supported this appeal, raising money in a number of ways, including raffling a day's leave.

"I'd also like to wish the couple every success with their concert for WaterAid next year.”

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