Meet Our Competition Winners
We can sometimes find ourselves in unusual situations and unexpected places thanks to comping - for many of us, this is one of the great joys of our fantastic hobby - but for two Compers News members that meant going straight to the top! Both Chris Read and Anne Lee wrote to tell us that they’d won an invitation to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace earlier this summer, courtesy of Waitrose and GSK. And what a day it turned out to be!
“Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, and all the other celebs were in fine voice and a truly wonderful and unforgettable time was had by all”, Anne told us.The palace obviously wasn't posh enough for Chris though, as shortly afterwards she found herself at Henley Royal Regatta thanks to Lavazza coffee. "We saw the Beach Boys in concert, it was a magical evening and I loved it”, said Chris.To prove Compers News members are a sociable bunch, Anne and Chris even managed to meet at Buckingham Palace - with their favourite comping magazine completing the picture, of course!
Sylvia Gill wanted to tell Compers News about my recent win – a trip to Macedonia courtesy of Pelagonia and Food & Travel magazine!
"My prize was a five-day ‘Gastro’ tour. We arrived in Macedonia and were met at the airport by the founders of Pelagonia products, who were two of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet!We were taken to lunch and treated to a full Macedonian ‘Meze’ and got to know our hosts and more about Pelagonia and its red pepper products. The next day our hosts took us for a walk around the local market and in the hills above Skopje, we were then driven through the countryside to Popova Kula winery & vineyard where we went on a tour, followed by a long, lazy lunch of five courses with matching wines. On Day 3, we were taken to Ohrid, where we had two days by the lake, shown the sights and even taken to our hosts’ own house. It was this personal touch that made the prize all the more special. Finally, we travelled back to Skopje, spending our last night at another lovely hotel.Altogether, it was an amazing adventure and one we will never forget. Macedonia was somewhere I would never have dreamt of visiting, but thanks to our wonderful comping hobby it turned out to be a holiday of a lifetime that I’ll remember forever."
Jane Richardson could hardly believe her eyes when she got a letter telling her she was a winner in last year’s Nestlé Eurocamp holiday competition!
"My prize included the ferry crossing and a week’s stay in a top-of-the-range mobile home on any Eurocamp site (up to the value of £1,400) and a family pass to the PGL Action Station on the park. I was only brave enough to do archery, but my son and partner did the zip wire, trapeze and climbing too. The park itself had swimming pools, lakes, crazy golf, tennis courts – all set in beautiful gardens and kept spotlessly clean! Even the weather played its part and it was gloriously sunny the whole time. I have to say, it was one of my best wins to date!"
Compers News members reported these big PRIZES since our last issue!
1. £10,000 worth of B&Q vouchers (Compers News Members won EVERY prize in this Spar competition!)
2. Luxury hotel break work £4,000
3. VIP trip to New York to see Beyonce
4. £3,460 cash prize from ITV
5. £2,500 holiday voucher
And if you need anymore encouragement, here is just a small selection of the other prizes our readers have told us about during the past month!
WOW, what a month! BIG cash prizes of £3,000, £2,000, £1,000 and £500 have been reported, plus fantastic breaks to Norway, Lanzarote, Vienna (twice!), Barcelona and Turkey – to name just a few! Other prizes included a VIP trip to the British Grand Prix, FOUR iPads, THREE £100 Tesco vouchers, FIVE £250 Co-operative vouchers, THREE luxury trips for 2 to London Fashion Weekend, FOUR cases of wine, family break to Center Parcs, Toshiba laptop, £500 Red Letter Days voucher, plus LOTS of £40 cash prizes from Aquafresh, £50 Tesco vouchers from J2O, Colman’s gravy bulls from Asda, Kindle Fire HDs from Douwe Egberts, tennis sets from Robinsons, oven gloves from Borges olive oil and much, much more!
Phil Holland from Essex was a lucky winner in the recent Kenco Millicano prize draw to win a trip to Venice that you listed in Compers News.
"For me comping is about experiencing something new and I have been very lucky in the past to win trips to New York, Utah, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Fiji and Copenhagen as well as destinations closer to home such as Edinburgh and the New Forest.
This success is in no small part down to the valuable assistance that Compers News and Chatterbox provides both in terms of timely competition listings and encouragement from fellow compers. Thank you so much for your hard work."
Sue Naylor was lucky enough to win a fifteen night all-inclusive cruise for two in a competition run by The Travel Channel.
"The whole holiday was amazing, the ship was like a floating 5* hotel. We visited eight ports in seven different countries around the Baltic Sea. We saw so many wonderful places and met some lovely people.
It was a holiday we could never have managed to afford, so thank you to Compers News for making it possible for dreams to really come true!"
Compers News members have reported these big prizes since our last issue!
1. Family holiday to Australia worth £14,000
2. 5* London family break worth £12,000
3. Luxury family trip to Disney World Florida
4. VIP UEFA Champions League break
5. SIX 47” Sony TVs from Asda & Pepsi
And if you need even more encouragement, here is just a small selection of other prizes our readers have told us about during the past month:-
FOUR family Center Parcs breaks, share in a racehorse, luxury spa break, FOUR iPads, £500 worth of Tesco vouchers, National Trust cottage break, £50 Hobbycraft voucher, signed England rugby shirt, Chelsea Flower Show tickets, £50 Co-op voucher, Baumatic microwave oven, case of wine, THREE more £800 Selfridges vouchers from Magnum, Thorntons chocolate hamper, £100 John Lewis voucher, washing machine worth £599, private VIP Disney screening for 20 people, plus LOTS of Stella Artois glasses, Tropicana fivers, Kindle Fire HDs from Douwe Egberts, £50 Asda vouchers from Danio, annual magazine subscriptions from Carte Noire, kitchenware sets from Kikkoman and much, much more!
Lydia Houghton tells us about one of her favourite win.
"My 9 year old daughter, Betsy-May, was in desperate need of some new bedroom furniture. You can imagine how thrilled we were to find out she had been selected as a runner up in the 'Barbie Fashion Designer' competition. Her prize included a trip to the Barbie Headquarters, afternoon tea with 'Barbie' and the services of an interior designer. On the day they surprised us with a huge selection of Barbie toys and furniture items including every girl's dream item a gorgeous chandelier! They then presented her with a cheque for £1,300 to purchase everything else we would need to make her bedroom fit for a princess.
I have won some great things over the years, but this was one of my favourites!"
Julie Marshall was thrilled to win a trip to the 2013 Champions League Final.
"Thanks to Compers News I won a Heineken text competition with a fantastic prize of a pair of VIP UEFA Champions League tickets, complete with a suite at the London Plaza and all expenses paid! What a win, what a prize & what an experience...Heineken really know how to put a competition together!"
Gabriella unveils her prize - and her favourite comping magazine!
"I received a letter from the Sunday Express telling me that I'd won a fantastic Robinson Renaissance greenhouse worth £3,000. You'd listed details of the competition in Compers News, and it was my first big win since subscribing.
So, Thank You Compers News. Without reading about the competition in your magazine I would not have had the pleasure of creating a lovely focal point in my new and colourful garden."