A lottery winning millionaire couple have spent their winnings – rescuing a series of dogs from abroad.
Peter and Ruth Doyle landed £1million sum on the Euromillions in 2015.
The pair have since used the riches to retire and enjoy life, traveling to places like Japan, the Maldives and Dubai.
But they have also used their wealth as a force for good, funding a trip to Romania on which they transported 13 rescue dogs back to new owners in this country.
They drove for a staggering 35 hours without breaks in a vehicle packed with the pets who had been abandoned and left to die.
Fuelled only by coffee and Red Bull, they covered the 1500-plus miles on around just an hour of sleep each.
The couple said they had loved the animals before their win but the cash prize allowed to make a difference.
Former accountant Ruth, 56, said: “We funded our own trip over to Romania a couple of years ago.
“We took some food and drove a charity van. We funded our own sleeping arrangements.
“We helped out for three days then drove back with 13 dogs. When didn’t stop apart from for coffee and comfort breaks.
“I think Peter had half an hour’s sleep and I had an hour in 35 hours. We lived on a diet of Red Bull and coffee.
“The dogs already had homes [to go to] – we did the transport.
“We were only able to go on our mission because we retired after the win.
“We wanted to do it again but they decided to employ professional drivers for health and safety reasons.
“Unfortunately, someone from a different charity had an accident so they decided it was prudent to let their people drive.
“We are now home-checkers for National Network Romania and spend time ensuring families and dogs are a fit for each other.
“I also volunteer at a dog walking charity whenever we are on holiday in Spain.
“It was here that we rescued a pretty pup we’ve named Karley, from a box by bins at a Sunday market. She really stole my heart.
“We have fostered her and will be bringing her back with us on our next visit.”
The couple, from Lyneham, Wilts., already have two dogs with them at home – Lily and Bailey.
Former consultant decorator trainer Peter, 65, added: “We get a lot of satisfation from them.
“When you can’t see the kids and grandkids dogs give you that smile on your face – they are rescuing us.”
The pair became millionaires five years ago – almost two months after actually scooping the prize.
Ruth and Peter would pay by direct debit to ensure they never missed a draw and assumed an email they received in June 2015 related to a £25 win.
They then received a call a month later telling them that had won – a million pounds.
Ruth said: “When I got the call telling me I’d won I thought it was a wind up!
“I had had an email from The National Lottery telling me I’d won but it didn’t say how much, just that there was some good news and that I should log into my account.”
It was then that they found out about the life-changing amount – and haven’t looked back since.