Katherine Brice has told of her shock at being told she had won the top prize of £1,000 after voting in our Consumer Money Awards.
The inaugural awards saw over 40,000 votes cast over 12 separate categories, with the general public eager to tell us who were their favourite financial providers.
But it was lucky Katherine who scooped the first prize after casting her vote. "I decided to vote in the awards as I thought it was important to give my opinion, especially given the prize on offer," she told Moneyfacts.co.uk
However, Katherine, 24 from Huntingdon in Cambs, could hardly believe her ears when the all important phone call came. "It was a total shock," she admits, "the situation became quite comical, as I just kept repeating, 'Oh my God, really?'"
The money couldn't have come at a better time for the multimedia graduate, who has working long hours since she left university last year in a bid to raise funds for a round the world trip.
"Many of my friends went travelling as soon as they finished their studying, but I wasn't able to do that because I didn't have enough money.
"I leave in January and the £1,000 is going to make a real difference on top of what I have already saved. I may now be able to buy an SLR camera as well, which would be fantastic.
"To say I'm excited is an understatement."
Twenty two year old student, Karim Khimji, from Essex won the second prize of £500, while Victor Gutteridge, 67, from Middlesex came third, winning £250.
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