A LOCAL district nurse has scooped a top prize on ITV’s Daybreak – and she was presented them at her Enniskillen home this week by former Westlife singer, Brian McFadden.
Lucky Marie Sargaison won £60,000, a Mercedes-Benz 350 BlueTEC estate, a Mini Cooper plus a gadget and gift package after emerging as the winner of the prizes in a pre-Christmas competition on the show.
And, on Friday morning, her prizes were presented to her by Westlife star Brian at her home in Enniskillen, where she lives with her husband, and her son Charlie.
Marie gave the correct answer to a competition on the programme in December, and after a succession of phonecalls, she was the happy recipient of up to £200,000 worth of prizes.
“I found out a couple of weeks ago,” Marie explained to the Fermanagh Herald.
“I was in the shower getting ready for work when the phone rang and my husband answered. He said that it was a phonecall from ITV.”
Then, Marie was reminded of the competition she entered – but not told that she had won. ITV told her that they would call back at 9.30am that morning.
“I left the house in a ‘tizzy’ – I told my bosses and at 9.30am my mobile rang. I was in the office with colleagues. We were screaming – I was shaking – Shirley and Margaret, had to keep me upright!”
But, the surprises didn’t end there.
On Thursday past, Marie was told that Brian McFadden would present her prizes – to be broadcast on television – the following morning.
“I would have always been a Westlife fan, and he is such a gentleman. He sat among us like he was a neighbour, he was very easygoing and he made it very easy for me.
“It was so surreal; I was told it go in a blink and Brian made it so easy for me.”
Marie is a district nurse with Western Trust based in Lisnaskea, Newtownbutler and Roslea, and has had a great response from patients, friends and family.
“Everybody has said that they’re delighted for me.”
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