Renovations at the house in Reddish she recently bought with partner Steve Robinson are also a priority.
Emma will always have a soft spot for St Ann’s which cared for her late father Jim, 71, who died of cancer in 2016.
Her sister, Anna, won our lottery two years ago and now it was Emma’s turn to receive a nice surprise through the post.
Emma, an accounts executive at Hi-Way Components in Chadderton, has raised thousands of pounds for good causes, including St Ann’s, from charity runs over several years.
I ran the Great North Run and thought it was another thank you note for raising money, so wasn't going to open the envelope straight away. When I did open it, I thought it was a joke. The win came just at the right time. We're doing our new house up and will get a new floor in the conservatory. I've been a member of the lottery at St Ann's for at least five years. It's easy to pay on direct debit. They need it and deserve all the money they can get. It's a brilliant place. Emma MacDonald, Lottery winner
Ill health from cancer forced Jim to retire from his job in the electrical trade. His chemotherapy treatment caused neuropathy, a type of nerve damage. Steve’s late brother Carl was also a patient at our hospice site at Little Hulton.
Thankfully, St Ann's gave him part of his old self back. He enjoyed arts and crafts as a day care patient at Heald Green and on his last day there staff wrote a poem called Gentleman Jim. Then as an in-patient, the hospice managed his pain relief. Emma MacDonald, Lottery Winner