Westwood Cross award Christmas prize to family nominated by brave mum battling terminal cancer

The Connells receive gifts at Westwood Cross

Westwood Cross shopping centre has announced its ‘most deserving family’ winner following hundreds of nominations.

The Connell family from Margate, received a hamper of Christmas goodies, including a £500 Westwood Cross Shopping Centre gift card and treats from Primark, Costa, Thornton’s, Boots, M&S and Debenhams, after being nominated by mum and wife Jacey.

Jacey was diagnosed with terminal cancer this year but selflessly nominated her family to make Christmas a little easier for them.

Jacey and her children, Daniel, 27 and Lauren, 18 and their dad, Darren, plan to make the most of this Christmas together. Alongside studying for her A Levels, Lauren is also carer to her dad, who has disabilities.

When surprised with the gift this week, Jacey said: “I am over the moon to win this fantastic prize from Westwood Cross. I nominated my family as they have been so supportive throughout my cancer diagnosis and I wanted to be able to give them a Christmas they would remember.

“Winning this prize makes it easier for my family. I am so very lucky to have support from all my family at this time. I would like to thank the staff at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre for their generosity and choosing us for such a great prize.”

Francesca Donovan, centre manager, said: “At this time of year we think it is important to share some festive magic with deserving local families. Jacey and her family were chosen after a particularly difficult year – we hope they have an extra special Christmas this year.”