A lottery winner who scooped £115million has given away more than half her fortune a she is addicted to helping others.
Frances Connolly, 55, says she is 'addicted' to changing people's lives with her money.
Frances and Patrick Connolly’s lives were changed forever when they hit the jackpot in 2019 (Picture: PA)A lottery winner who scooped £115million has given away more than half her fortune as she is addicted to helping others.Frances Connolly’s husband Paddy had persuaded her to agree on a charity budget to help keep her habitual altruism in check.
But she has already blown that by giving away what they would have donated up to 2032.Frances, 55, from Hartlepool, County Durham, has handed about £11million to good causes this year alone – roughly what she’d agreed to donate over the course of 10 years.
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what a noble thing to do! not many people will have the heart to do that! Must be so satisfying winning lotto and then helping struggling genuine friends
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Copy link Frances and Patrick Connolly’s lives were changed forever when they hit the jackpot in 2019 (Picture: PA) A lottery winner who scooped £115million has given away more than half her fortune as she is addicted to helping others.A British couple has been found dead in their isolated home in south France.Copy link There is no evidence of a third party being involved (Picture: Getty Images) A murder investigation has been opened in southwest France after the bodies of a British couple were found at their isolated countryside home.A mum has stunned fans by sharing a rare snap with her husband.
Frances Connolly’s husband Paddy had persuaded her to agree on a charity budget to help keep her habitual altruism in check. But she has already blown that by giving away what they would have donated up to 2032. Neighbours found the 65-year-old British woman hanged on Sunday afternoon. Frances, 55, from Hartlepool, County Durham, has handed about £11million to good causes this year alone – roughly what she’d agreed to donate over the course of 10 years.’ Her husband was found by police hanged in an outhouse with a note next to him. She says she gets a real ‘buzz’ from being able to change people’s lives for the better with her money, adding: ‘I’m addicted to it now. A murder investigation has been opened up, according to the public prosecutor.’ The former social worker and teacher has set up two charitable foundations since her and Paddy won big on the Euromillions in 2019 New Year’s Day draw. Now the tattooist has shared a rare snap with her partner in crime – and it's super adorable.
One is named after her late mother Kathleen Graham in their native Northern Ireland, and works to improve the lives of all communities in Strabane and Belfast. They never achieved their goal after being plunged into financial difficulty. Just in this year alone, Frances has donated roughly what she agreed to give away over 10 years (Picture: PA) The other is the PFC Trust, which supports young carers, the elderly and refugees in Hartlepool, where Frances and Paddy have lived for the past 30 years. When the couple first hit the jackpot, they gave away large chunks of cash to friends and family, using a list Frances prepared in anticipation that she’d someday win. Frances estimates she has given away £60million, including to charity, but does not keep a tally, joking she would be worried in case her 57-year-old husband saw it. We have nothing further to add at this stage. ‘I’ve got 17 nieces and nephews, so they all had to get a bit,’ she added. In the solo photo, the tattoo fan showed off her hundreds of ink with her torso floral design on full display.
Frances said helping others, whether with money or by volunteering her time, lifted people’s spirits during lockdown. Frances has always been motivated to help others, volunteering for the St John Ambulance from age nine and setting up an Aids helpline when she was a student in Belfast. The couple, who have three daughters – Catrina, 34, and twins Fiona and Natalie, 26 – are not extravagant with their wealth and Frances has no desire to buy a yacht. More: .