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"This will make my kids' Christmas"

Jess and her family after getting £1000

Published by Tom Harland at 9:03am 20th December 2018. (Updated at 9:06am 20th December 2018)

After a really difficult year, including a house fire, Jessica and her family thought it was going to be an awful Christmas.

  • A house fire a few weeks ago plunged the family into chaos
  • Life has been split between a hostel in Ripon and school and work in Harrogate
  • Slingsby Gin and Stray FM gave the family an early Christmas present of £1000

A few weeks ago, Jessica from Harrogate came home from dropping the kids at school to the unimaginable.

Smoke was pouring from the house - a fire had struck and she found herself unable to live there.

Jessica, a single mum, and her three kids, found themselves moving to a hostel in Ripon just as the "most wonderful time of the year" was about to kick in.

Jessica has been ferrying her family around, having to change her work so she can sort school runs and so on.

Winner with Slingsby Gin

This morning we invited Jessica and her family to Stray FM's studios as she entered our competition to celebrate the launch of Stray Christmas with Slingsby Gin.

Chosen from thousands of entries, Jessica's story had touched the hearts of the team, so we surprised the family with £1000 in cash.

Have a look at what happened:

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