Meet Our Competition Winners

  • Compers News members have reported these BIG prizes since our last issue!
    1. Another FOUR £3,000 family trips to Lapland!
    2. £5,000 Asda gift card
    3. ELEVEN luxury P&O cruises
    4. Design Your Dream Day Out worth £3,000
    5. £2,500 cash from Pork Farms

    And if you need even more encouragement, here is just a small selection of the other prizes our readers have told us about during the past month! Luxury Barcelona break, £1,000 Westfield gift card, case of vintage wine, Sage coffee machine worth £1,200, THREE TVs from Morrisons and Pepsi, family weekend in London, Xbox One console, £100 Build-A-Bear Workshop gift voucher, Canon digital camera, TWO iPad Minis, SIX £100 Asda gift cards, Acer Touchscreen PC, FOUR £50 Iceland gift vouchers, Sky TV for a year, £200 Virgin Experience voucher, THREE £200 cash prizes from Wonka chocolate, £250 H&M gift voucher, FOUR Vileda robot vacuum cleaners, TWO hair appliance bundles worth £300 each, Bluestone Wales activity break, £100 Co-op gift voucher, FIVE £50 Book Tokens, £500 Net-a-Porter shopping spree, plus LOTS of £50 Asda gift cards from Heinz, Blinkbox vouchers from Cadbury, Christmas koalas from Cushelle, party prizes from J2O and much, much more…

  • When Compers News member Karen Bond won a trip to Lapland courtesy of Airwick at Asda, she experienced a little bit of Christmas magic.  

    "When I saw a competition to win a trip to Lapland last Christmas I thought my teenage son was too old really", Karen told us.  "How wrong I was!"

    "I was delighted to receive a telephone call from Airwick to tell me that I had won, and then we had a year to wait until we could take the prize.  My friend Helen really wanted to go, so in the end we both went last month along with three teenage boys.  And what an amazing trip it was.  The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, and the scenery was breathtaking.  There were lots of fantastic activities including a husky sledge ride, drinks in a giant igloo and a snowmobile safari.  The boys loved Europe's biggest toboggan run was was just outside the village."

    "I don't know why I didn't believe in Father Christmas because I have met him now and I can tell you that he really does exist.  Merry Christmas everyone!"

  • Compers News member Frank Aldred is the latest lucky winner in our series of Dream Prize draws, and he chose a £6,000 cash prize as his reward.

    “I didn’t believe it when I got the call”, Frank told us when we met him to hand over the prize. “All of my family and friends were sceptical, and to be honest so was I after reading all the advice in Compers News about scams. But after a few more phone calls to your office, it finally sunk in.”

    “I’ve been comping for many years, not really for the prizes but because I enjoy it so much. What other hobby gives you so much excitement all for the price of a stamp? You never know what’s around the corner – as the phone call from Compers News proved! This is my first really big prize, but what a way to start!”

    “I’ll be sharing the prize with my family, and we’ll also be going on a nice holiday once my wife has finished some hospital treatment. Our first choice from your Dream Prize list was the VIP holiday, but because of the uncertainty with my wife’s treatment you kindly offered us the cash alternative so that we can book something once everything has been sorted out. And we’ll certainly be doing that… we can’t wait!”

  • Compers News members have reported these BIG prizes since our last issue!
    1. A trip into space or £70,000 cash!!
    2. Luxury family trip to Lapland
    3. Worldwide music festival break worth over £6,000
    4. Lord of the Manor package including title and land
    5. £3,000 worth of Selfridges vouchers from Tesco & Scholl

    And if you need even more encouragement, here is just a small selection of the other prizes our readers have told us about during the past month!
    Family holiday to Orlando, FOUR luxury London breaks, trip to the Dakar Rally in Argentina, £1,000 cash, Louis Vuitton handbag worth £500, Butlins family break, 3D Smart TV, zookeeper for a day, holiday to Fuerteventura, Alton Towers break for 10 people, THREE Xbox One consoles, THREE Sky TV for a year packages, luxury 5* holiday to Vietnam, £100 John Lewis voucher, FOUR Nexus tablets, Nikon DSLR camera, £250 Next shopping spree, £100 Asda voucher, Pashley bike worth £675, year’s supply of Pampers nappies, £1,000 bathroom, holiday to Cephalonia, plus LOTS of party prizes from J2O, tool kits and beanie hats from Irwin, Trick or Treat buckets from Co-op and Mr Kipling, school bags from Morrisons and Nestlé, Christmas koalas from Cushelle and much, much more…

  • I thought you’d like to see my winning photo for a Lidl competition to win a trip to the German Christmas markets a couple of years ago.

    The prize trip was wonderfully snowy and atmospheric and Lidl were great hosts. My hubby was even up doing some lederhosen dancing! Fiona Haward, Exmouth.   My slogan to accompany the photo was: “Ah, so now we know where Santa buys his gifts, with a Lidl elf from his friends.”

  • Back in March, our front cover featured a letter from Compers News member Beth Gerrard. We promised at the time to continue with Beth’s story in our Christmas issue – santa seemed a bit out of place in the spring! – so here’s the rest of her festive tale!

    Beth’s prizes last year included £100 worth of Homebase vouchers and a week’s holiday, but her favourite prize was a trolley dash at Hamleys in Glasgow for her grandson Jackson which he took just before Christmas. “Jackson suff ers from dyspraxia and I didn’t think he would be able to collect many toys as he can’t run well and frequently trips and falls over, but Hamleys were absolutely wonderful and provided him with several of their elves to help out”, Beth told us earlier this year. “Both he and my daughter were overwhelmed by the warmth and generosity of the staff at the shop and the huge amount of toys he came away with, so many in fact that the family decided to donate some of them to a local children’s charity.”

  • Compers News members have reported these BIG prizes since our last issue!
    1. £10,000 ‘First time experience’ from Visa
    2. THREE luxury trips to Paris (Compers News members won every major prize in this Co-op competition!)
    3. Another FIVE ‘Breathtaking Experiences’ from Trebor worth over £1,000 each
    4. THREE £1,000 John Lewis vouchers from Persil
    5. VIP family holiday to Disneyland Florida from Asda 

    And if you need even more encouragement, here is just a small selection of the other prizes our readers have told us about during the past month!
    Family sleepover at the Natural History Museum, £1,000 Thomson holiday voucher, TWO £500 designer handbags, THREE £1,000 cash prizes from Walkers crisps, Champneys spa break worth £500, luxury trip to London worth over £1,000, treehouse adventure family break, £500 Asda gift card, 3D Smart TV worth £900, whale watching trip to Scotland, Silentnight deluxe bed, handmade suit worth £400, THREE iPads, bathroom suite, TWO luxury Barcelona breaks, £500 National Garden Gift Voucher, £1,000 cash, gourmet picnic hamper, plus LOTS of Dynamo magic kits from Morrisons & Pepsi, BBQs from Tesco & Hellmann’s, £100 fuel cards from Esso & Mars, family bowling tickets from Morrisons & Weetabix, trees from Yeo Valley and much, much more... 

  • Compers News member Thelma Winyard recently enjoyed a weekend in Belfast with top chef Paul Rankin after winning a recipe competition featured on packs of his Irish soda bread!

    "We met Paul Rankinon the Saturday evening at The Belfast Cookery School and he couldn’t have been nicer. He chatted to all the winners, asking us a bit about what had inspired our choices - my winning entry was a bruschetta. He recreated all the winning dishes, adding his own personal touch. So we were eating and drinking steadily for three delicious hours!

    This spectacular evening came in the middle of a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. One of our hotel’s main attractions was that it was situated opposite The Crown Liquor Saloon, a renowned Victorian gin palace (or Guinness palace, according to your preference).  This beautiful building is owned by the National Trust – the only pub they own, I understand. We also headed for Stormont, home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, were we spent a morning walking in the beautifully maintained gardens and woodland. 

    There is no way we could have afforded to go out for a meal such as was cooked for us by Paul Rankin. He turned my rather nice Irish Bruschetta into something sensational and I expect the other winners felt the same about their recipes. It was a dinner out of this world. All in all, it was an absolutely one-off evening and a memorable weekend. A unique prize. What a great hobby is comping. Where would we be without it?" 

  • Lynne Buddin is not a cricket buff, but if she was to see just one match in her life it would have to be England v Australia at The Oval for the Ashes. Here she tells us about the day she nearly broke her cricket duck. 

    "Having won a pair of tickets including full hospitality courtesy of Marston’s beer, we were treated to great food and a wonderful view of the cricket pitch, the famous clock tower and London skyline, all washed down with as much beer as we could drink. All very useful while we waited for the rain to clear so that play could start. We were still waiting as mid-morning tea was served, and the rain was still falling as our delicious lunch was moved forward. Come late afternoon, and another deluge of rain had us shrugging as we enjoyed our cream teas.

    What could we do? As play was abandoned for the day without a ball being bowled, I’ve still not broken my cricket duck. But at least I got to compare comping stories after meeting a fellow Compers News member."

  • Alison Walker wrote in to tell us about her Shopping Spree, compete with Personal Shopper!

    "I have been comping since 2006 and after a particularly lean 2012 things have really picked up this year. I’ve won a balloon flight for two, an electric toothbrush along with £200 worth of Arcadia vouchers, Jazz Festival tickets and Fisher Price toys to name a few.

    However, last month I finally won what I call a Biggie. A £2,000 shopping spree with a personal shopper at House of Fraser! I received the call on Thursday 12th September and, after calming down, agreed to meet with the promoters the following day to take my prize, which was to be filmed as part of London Fashion Week. My mum came with me and we were taken for a lovely Italian lunch and then my mum was looked after with endless cups of tea whilst I was made up and treated like a VIP! The timing was particularly good as I celebrated my 50th birthday just two days later.  I spent nearly £700 on a designer coat, boots, shoes, dress and several smaller bits!

    I check my Compers News immediately upon receipt and highlight any comps that I consider unmissable and enter them as soon as I can. Comping is a brilliant hobby, fun and so rewarding when you win, particularly when you can share your prize with family like I did with this great day."