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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Farmer (77) to buy fertiliser with €36k lotto win

A farmer (77) has revealed his plans to buy fertiliser with his £30,000 (approximately €36,000) lottery winnings.

Bob Atkinson was announced as the winner of People’s Postcode Lottery last Sunday afternoon.

The Padiham cattle, sheep and horse farmer received a “very special” delivery when its street prize team knocked on his door and presented Bob and his wife with a golden envelope.

When street prize presenter, Judie McCourt, revealed his cheque, Bob was “completely lost for words”.

His wife, Margaret, stepped in and said, Oh lovely, great. Wow, that is a lot.”

Lottery winnings

Bob then explained how he intends to spend his windfall. He said:

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“We need some fertiliser for spring, and that has gone up to nearly £1,000/tonne. So that is one of the first things we’ll need to buy.”

“We were thinking we might have to manage without the fertiliser. It would have been a bit of a worry whether we could get enough grass without it. But with this bit of help, we will probably be able to buy some.”

“The area of grass we cut is around 100-acres. We need it to keep these animals going. We have about 50 cattle, 150 sheep at the moment, and some horses on livery. That is our life; that is what we do.”

The prize is part of a draw promoted by Postcode International Trust, which provides regular grant funding to organisations that work to alleviate poverty and hunger and enable food security. Supported charities include Action Against Hunger, ActionAid and British Red Cross.

With People’s Postcode Lottery, 33% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes.

To date, organisers claim players have raised more than £850 Million for more than 9,000 projects across Great Britain as well as internationally.

Judie McCourt presented the street prize and congratulated the winner.

“I am delighted for Bob and Margaret today. It was amazing to get a glimpse of the life they lead on the farm.

“On top of getting the fertiliser, I hope they enjoy spending the win and treat themselves to something special,” she concluded.

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