Regular readers will already know that every issue of Able Magazine comes complete with more chances to win competitions for great prizes and scoop great giveaway goodies too. Have you ever wondered who wins? Well, it’s people like you.

Janet and Steve Lawes have just scooped a £300 voucher from Premier Cottages to put towards a vacation in one of their luxury holiday cottages. Speaking with Steve, he’s since had a look at their website and is looking forward to taking his vacation in May.

“I was really surprised” he said, adding: “You don’t expect to win; you fill the thing in and think ‘oh well, somebody else will win this’. So it was a really nice surprise.

“We went to the Motability Roadshow in Glasgow and as we were going around we were looking in the magazine and there was the competition and I said ‘right, we might as well fill it in; you never know’.”

Janet and Steve have opted to take a break near Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast. “We’ve never been round that area of Yorkshire before. That’s why we picked to go there. The cottages are great; they’re really well appointed. They look really nice.

We weren’t going to have a holiday this year so it has come at the right time as well. We probably wouldn’t have been able to get to go there – so it’s great!”

Readers aren’t the only ones who ‘win’ in Able Magazine. Companies big and small submit their products for scrutiny in order to try to earn recognition with our Star Awards. The system is simple, products are awarded marks for function, style, innovation and value for money and given an overall award out of ‘five stars’.

I can tell you that they’re often as happy with the results as our competition winners are. Only recently, Sally from Confitex contacted us to thank us for awards for their underwear range, specifically for people experiencing episodes of incontinence.

“This is terrific” she said, adding: “such a great idea and so glad we are involved too. We are printing off the certificates and will frame them; the whole concept of Able is so good and well put together. So an enormous thank you for your support for our product.

I think what you do is marvellous!”

The great thing is that wherever you see the Able Star Awards logo you’ll know that the product has been properly tested and rated.