A year after scooping a £6.6m Lotto jackpot Graham Nield says that wonderful feeling of elation is still with him every minute of every day.
Graham was a 55-year-old production manager when he won the lottery on August 17, 2013 and the first thing he did was propose to Amanda, his partner of 10 years.
Unlike many winners who soon split up, their bond was soon strengthened by the exchanging of marriage vows.
And, unlike winners who can only think about endlessly indulging their whims, Graham and Amanda’s priority has been how best to nurse her ailing parents through difficult times.
Graham said: “Jim, 73, has Alzheimer’s disease and is at Stage Six so he needs a lot of care. Amanda is their full-time carer. She shaves him, dresses him and cooks their meals and is completely hands-on.”
Their dedication is such that they have moved in with the couple who live in Dewsbury so they can provide security and comfort for them.
Graham, who helps with their care too, said: “Fortunately the win has given us that opportunity to look after them full-time.”
Amanda’s mum Joan, 73, is recovering from ovarian cancer and has arthritis so she needs caring for too. Graham said the couple had no thought of glitzy foreign holidays at the moment.
He said: “We won’t take a holiday until we have seen her dad through, though we might have a weekend break.”
Amanda’s sister and two brothers provide cover at such times.
Graham added: “Amanda doesn’t want to go anywhere at the moment. She is just fully switched on to caring for her parents and I fully support her.”
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But not having to work means Graham can indulge his newly found love of golf and at least he doesn’t have to worry about the price of a set of clubs or buying a golf club subscription.
Graham, originally of Hanging Heaton, near Batley, said: “I am playing a lot of golf, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, and Wakefield, I’ve been all over. I play with three former colleagues including a couple of supervisors.
“I used to play football in local leagues but I am too old for that now and I get a lot of pleasure out of it – I am hooked.”
Amanda, 48, said: “I don’t mind him playing at all. I enjoy reading a book, so it’s no problem. I like to see him enjoying himself.”
And she joked: “I don’t mind being a ‘golf widow’!
Graham added: “My life has changed for the better since the win. I have no financial worries, no stress and I married the woman I love. That for me is enough.
“And we are having a house built for us in North Yorkshire so that is keeping me busy. I like to oversee things generally and make sure things are moving. We are having an annexe built there for Amanda’s parents too.”
Amanda said: “It’s nice to know that we are financially secure for the rest of our lives. Graham is good with money. If it was up to me I would spend it all! I have a handbag and shoe fetish at the moment but I’m not into expensive ones.
“I’m not into Jimmy Choo shoes or anything like that. Ones from Tesco are fine by me. I’m a Yorkshire lass through and through. We both love the countryside too.”
Graham still enjoys playing the game that changed his life.
He said: “I still play and I won £25 on Saturday, but I haven’t won any more big ones.”