Emily Gilbert, 24, and partner Luke, 27, an army veteran, live together in Beeston and have won the getaway to the Caribbean for a week in the New Year
An army veteran and hero NHS worker who won a holiday to Jamaica have admitted they thought the email telling them they had won was a practical joke or a con.
Emily Gilbert, 24, a diagnostic radiographer at Nottingham Breast Institute at City Hospital, and partner Luke, 27, an army veteran who served from 2012 to the middle of this year, now works as a for a tree surgeon company in Leicester, live together in Beeston and have won the getaway to the Caribbean for a week in the New Year.
The couple, from Nottingham, entered the competition in early January having seen an advert in a Boots magazine, but thought nothing of it afterwards, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
When Emily received an email telling them they had won the holiday she didn’t believe it at first, adding they hadn’t been looking to buy any holidays as they have been saving for a house.
Emily said: “I didn’t think it was real at all, I was suspicious at first but when I realised we had won it, the feeling was incredible.
“Me and Luke have never been abroad together but we’ve been saving up for a house, so going on holiday hasn’t been a priority, but we’re desperate to get away.
“It’s come at a wonderful time, especially because of the situation of the past two years.”
Emily was a student finishing her course to be a diagnostic radiographer when Covid hit, but she qualified in September 2020 and has been working in the NHS throughout the pandemic.
Before working at the Nottingham Breast Institute, she was taking x-rays on Covid wards at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
She said: “It’s definitely been interesting, it’s been exhausting but it’s good to be on the other side.
“We’re getting towards the end hopefully.”
When Luke found out, he thought Emily was playing a practical joke on him because of being caught out by her antics before.
He said: “I thought it was a joke at first because before, Emily made up a speeding ticket, posted it to me with a number on it for a farm shop in Yorkshire.
“I’ve never had a speeding ticket before so I had no idea what one looked like.
“The Tesco envelope should have given it away, but I was taking it very seriously and this man was trying to help me sort it out.
“I was initially concerned with the measures we would have to go through with Covid, as it can be a bit unpredictable, but as we’re getting closer, I’m getting more excited every day.
“I’ve always wanted to go on holiday abroad with Emily, but we’ve had other commitments financially through renting or saving for a house, it wasn’t on the cards for the next decade or so.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.