Wellingborough worker wins £2,000 for shopping local

An office worker from Wellingborough has won £2,016 as part of a prize giveaway organised to promote town retailers '“ despite nearly throwing away her winning receipt.

Winner Tracy Percy with her cheque
Winner Tracy Percy with her cheque

Tracy Percy, 52, scooped the cash prize after entering a competition organised by the Discover Wellingborough campaign, which stages events and activities aimed at encouraging people into the town centre.

In a frantic rush to enter the Scrooge’s Gold competition, the mother-of-two from Ridgeway ended up submitting all of her valid receipts, which were needed to participate, on Christmas Eve, the very last day of the offer.

Tracy, who has lived in the town since she was nine years old, collected her prize on Thursday, January 21, after her Iceland receipt was selected as the winner.

She said: “I think the competition was a good idea, it encouraged people to shop in the town.

“It’s really important to keep everybody going, especially local businesses.

“There is a wide variety of shops in the town centre, and you can find most of the things that you need.”

To enter, shoppers must have spent £10 or more in a Discover Wellingborough town centre business between Saturday, November 28, and Christmas Eve.

They were asked to submit all valid receipts, which were all entered into a raffle.

Discover Wellingborough is organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by town centre businesses.

The giveaway was part of the BID’s Christmas festivities, which were designed to encourage people into the town centre over the busy period.

BID manager John Cable said: “The competition really helped to drum up support for many of the local businesses in the town, it’s important they stay healthy for the growth of our town centre.

“It was great to see so many people enter, and I’m sure that all of the businesses involved thoroughly enjoyed the increased support they received during the busy schedule.”