Couple who won £12m lottery jackpot surprise veteran, 104, with Christmas hamper

A Euromillions winning couple have shocked an army veteran by using some of their winnings to give him a day he won't forget.

Tom Beevers, 104-years-old, who served in the Desert Rats during the Second World War, was greeted at his home in Maghull, Merseyside, earlier today by Sharon and Nigel Mather.

The couple won £12.4 million in the Euromillions in 2010.

They presented the vet with a hamper full of Christmas treats and entertained him with a local choir, who sang Mr Beevers’ favourite carol, Silent Night.

The Everton-supporting great-great-grandfather said: “It’s a good feeling to have, to think that people think so much of you to come – I can’t put words to it.”

He is planning to save the hamper to have a “good nosh up and a booze up” on Christmas Day.

The surprise experience was shared with daughter Lynn Davidson, 75, and granddaughter Alison Layy, 51.

Mrs Davidson said her father grew up in Bootle, Sefton, where he met mother, May, who died 28 years ago, at dance halls before the war.

He joined the Army in 1939 and married her when he returned from his service in 1945.

She said: “He always has us laughing with his stories. I’ve heard them umpteen times and they’re still as fresh as when he first told them.”

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The wealthy gift-givers, who live in Bowdon, Cheshire, met Mr Beevers during their work with Everton Football Club's community charity, which works with veterans.

He is one of 14 hampers donated by the couple to veterans in Merseyside.

Mrs Mather, 50, said: “I feel quite honoured that we have been asked to come and meet Tom today. “I have never met anybody over 100 before and he is a veteran.”

And her husband said: “He was obviously overwhelmed and really pleased and he said thank you to everyone. He is on good form because his team won last night!”

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