NHS Nurse Wins £41,031 Cool FM & Downtown Cash Call

Alison Millar couldn’t quite believe what was happening when she noticed the ‘No Caller ID’ popping up on her phone!

But it proved a lucrative phone call for the NHS nurse at Musgrave Hospital , as Alison became the latest winner of the Cool FM & Downtown Cash Call. Having remembered the number off the top of her head, Alison said that those precious words, this week’s lucky number – “£41,031!”

A busy mum of three, Alison regularly enters the cash call alongside her daughters. “It’s just as well my daughter didn’t answer, she had it written down wrong as £41,310.”

Speaking after her win, Alison said “the number of people that recognised my laugh, I’ve had calls from all sorts. Work were actually the first people to phone me, they were listening, and they said they were all jumping up and down.”

When asked about working in Musgrave Hospital right now, during the pandemic, Alison has nothing but kind and gracious words to say. “It’s an incredible place to work, the girls there work really really hard, all the time, but especially over the last year. Everybody has stepped up to the plate.”

Alison knew straight away who she was going to spoil with her winnings, her three children of course. “We’ll divide the money between the four of us, they deserve it too. We’ll take £10,000 each, I never dreamed I’d be able to give my kids that amount of money. I’ve got two daughters at home, and a son that’s recently married, so that will make a nice little windfall for them.”

“It’s strange times, we’ve all been celebrating, we had friends round in the garden earlier on, with bubbles in the wet garden, we just can’t take it in.”

Alison certainly wasn’t expecting the call. ” I had been on night duty  and was about to go to Homebase to get paint. Grace said to me ‘don’t be going yet, the cash call hasn’t come through.’ I said to myself, sure I couldn’t win an argument, but I sat down just to message my son and Cool FM phoned. I actually thought it was an automated message, ” laughs Alison. “Work are of course short staffed at the moment , and they had been messaging me to see if I could go in, so when it popped up No Caller ID, I thought here’s work.”

Alison has worked tirelessly over the last number of years to support her family, taking on extra shifts each week. “It would definitely take me a couple of extra shifts to match this, it means an awful lot to us all”


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