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A lotto luck: Couple who founded Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust win more than €1m



Eithne and Colin Bell toast their win

Eithne and Colin Bell toast their win

Eithne and Colin Bell toast their win

A couple who founded a charity to help bring the remains of loved ones back to Ireland has won £1m (€1.14m) in the Northern Ireland National Lottery.

Eithne and Colin Bell, from Co Down, lost their 26-year-old son Kevin, in 2013, when he was knocked down by a car in New York.

Their charity, the Kevin Bell Repatriation trust, has helped to repatriate the remains of more than 100 people who have died in tragic circumstances while abroad.

Eithne already has plans for some of the winnings, she told Q Radio after collecting the cheque. She intends to extend the conservatory out into the garden and get some landscaping done. And the couple booked their first cruise two weeks ago, to belatedly mark their retirement.

She's also splurged on some clothes, after "watching the pennies, raising seven children on a teacher's salary."

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