In February 2021, a member of Westcountry Savings and Loans, the largest credit union in the South West – won the headline prize of £5,000.
Lilly, a saving member living in Exeter, was surprised and delighted to win the cash saying; “I am leaving it in the credit union for now so that it can help other people in need. I am so glad I joined, not just because I won but because I believe in the work that credit unions do. Anything that helps move people away from using doorstep lenders and loan sharks has got to be a good thing. In today’s climate when peoples’ finances are being stretched to the limit, access to funds from a safe and trustworthy source is important to support!”.
Jackie Simpson, General Manager at Westcountry Savings and Loans said; “We’re so pleased that one of our members has won the big prize this month – the second major winner in the last year. It just goes to show that with a limited number of participating credit unions, everyone has a really good chance of getting their hands on a cash prize and, the beauty of the scheme is, that while they wait to see if they’ve won, members are gradually building up their savings which will help protect them from future financial shocks.”