Couple who scooped £1million on EuroMillions Raffle say they feel like ‘double winners’ after helping BOTH of their daughters have children through IVF
A Yorkshire couple who scooped a £1million lottery windfall say they now feel like double winners after they were able to help both their daughters have children through IVF.
When Ruth and Mark Chalmers won on the EuroMillions Raffle in February 2018, their thoughts turned to how they could help their daughters Natalie and Leanne each overcome their struggles with the condition polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Now Mr and Mrs Chalmers, from Halifax, are celebrating life as grandparents as they spend time with Natalie’s son Koby, now three, and Leanne’s son Brogen, 19 months.
Mr Chalmers said that his first thought after he realised they had won was to make sure his daughters got on the property ladder and were mortgage-free.
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‘And, after that, it was the grandchildren,’ he said.
Grandparents Ruth Chalmers (second right) and Mark Chalmers (second left) with their daughter Leanne Chalmers (left) and Natalie Chalmers (right), and grandchildren Koby Armitage (front left) and Brogen Chalmers (front right). The grandparents, who scooped a £1 million a lottery windfall, say they now feel like double winners after they were able to help both daughters have children through IVF.
The couple won the lottery in February 2018 and decided they wanted to do what they could to help their family, first by buying their daughters property and then by funding IVF treatment.
Mr Chalmers continued: ‘Natalie had gone through it for quite a number of years of trying to get pregnant and different things going on with her medical conditions.
‘At one stage, she rang me in floods of tears saying ‘they want to take my womb out’ and she thought that was the absolute end.
‘But luckily, she persevered, she saw some other doctors, and we didn’t need to go down that route. And then we looked at going down the IVF route.’
He said: ‘So we’ve sort-of had another double lottery win.
‘That’s how I look at it – the fact that the process was was reasonably easy, and they were both successful first round.
‘And, obviously, we’ve got the two boys.’