She’s waited years for a dream trip home to Hong Kong and an emotional reunuion with her family.
And now the time has finally come for cancer survivor Yuk Ho Ng after her son got lucky and won thousands of pounds in a competition.
Stephen Ng, a regular poker player at the Genting Club in Fountainpark, promised his mum at the beginning of the year he would do everything he could to reunite her with her family.
After being diagnosed with throat cancer five years ago, the 55-year-old’s life took a downturn as she underwent months of gruelling chemotherapy.
But to help get her through the most difficult times, generous Stephen promised her a trip she would never forget.
On a whim, he entered the “Holiday of a Lifetime” competition at the casino, and discovered last week he’d won the top prize – either £2000 in cash or a luxury trip to the Bahamas.
Without any hesitation, the 31-year-old, who lives in the city centre with his parents, gave all of his winnings to his mother – who can now fulfil her dream of being reunited with her family.
Stephen said: “I was so shocked when they announced I had won, I couldn’t believe it, I’ve never won anything like that before in my life.
“I had the option of either a trip to the Bahamas, a seven-night cruise or £2000 cash.
“Whilst the holidays did sound very appealing, the money means I can fulfil my promise to my mum and help her realise her dream of seeing her family again after so many years.
“She’s waited for this moment for a long time.”
He added: “Before I even knew anything about this competition, I had promised her I would try and raise enough for her to be able to go, so this has really helped.”
Stephen is the third generation of his family to regularly visit Genting Club Fountainpark. Both his grandparents were regular customers at the casino, as well as his father.
In order to win the competition, each time a customer entered the casino they were encouraged to swipe their membership card, and a ticket would be printed.
The tickets were then put into a box and a winner was picked several weeks later.
Stephen said: “My mum has had quite a hard time so she really deserves this.
“I think I had about ten tickets in the box but I still wasn’t expecting to win. It was announced one night when I was playing poker
“I am so close to my mum, I would do anything for her.
“I hope eventually she will be able to go home to Hong Kong on a more regular basis, but we will see.”
Pauline Macnamara, general manager at the Genting Club Fountainpark, said: “We were very pleased to see the prize go to one of our regulars.
“We hope that Stephen’s mum has a wonderful trip and can’t wait to see some of the photos from her time away.”