There was a sweet Christmas surprise in store when a family called into a Lynn confectionery shop.
Shop owner Paul Stothers was waiting to present the Storey family with a cheque for £1,000 to ensure they have a cracking time this Christmas.
John and Carol Storey and their sons Anthony, 29, Phillip, 27, and Stephen, 24, who have special needs, were the winners of the Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe’s Reaching Out This Christmas appeal.
Members of the public were invited to nominate a deserving person or family and the Storeys’ name was put forward by June Mills, of Downham.
After receiving the cheque, delighted Mrs Storey told Mrs Mills: “Oh June. It’s marvellous. Thank you very much.”
Mrs Mills is a palliative care staff nurse at the Macmillan Centre at Wisbech Hospital, where Mrs Storey is a patient. She said: “Carol is always upbeat.”
Mrs Storey, 55, of Wisbech, thanked Mr Stothers saying: “The money will mean a great deal to us. I’m stuck for words.”
Mr Stothers launched Reach Out This Christmas as a thank you to his customers for their support since his shop opened in Norfolk Street in July.
He said: “We would like to thank everybody who took the time to nominate many worthy people. The nominations were heartfelt but we could only choose one. It was a very difficult decision.”