People are being urged to take a chance and make a difference by supporting Charnwood Community Lottery which has launched today.
Tickets for the lottery, which is being run by the borough council, are now on sale and will help raise money for good causes, charities and voluntary organisations.
For every £1 ticket, 60p will go towards helping a good cause and players can win up to £25,000.
The lottery was launched at Great Central Railway in Loughborough which has kindly donated an extra prize for the very first draw.
Chris Traill, strategic director for neighbourhoods and wellbeing at the Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to launch the Charnwood Community Lottery as it will help raise money for lots of good causes in the borough who do great work for the benefit of residents.
“The lottery also means people can choose to help a specific group, perhaps one that’s close to their hearts, and possibly win anything up to £25,000. We hope the lottery is empowering for the organisations involved and for ticket buyers. As we’ve said, people can take a chance and make a difference
“We would like to thank the groups who have signed up so far but I would encourage the many other fantastic organisations in Charnwood to consider getting involved. Simply visit the lottery website for more information.
“The Council decided to set up a lottery to further support the local voluntary and community sector.”
A number of groups have already signed up to be involved including:
- Loughborough Leggo Youth Group
- Marios Tinenti Centre
- Peter Le Marchant Trust
- Quorn Local History Group
- Coping with Cancer in Leicestershire and Rutland
- Shepshed Toy Library
- Anstey Community Library
- Gorse Covert Community Centre
- Citizens Advice Charnwood
- Go-Getta CIC
- Living Without Abuse
- Loughborough Wellbeing Centre CIC Ltd
- Above & Beyond
- Grange Park Centre
- Falcon Support Services
- Glebe House (Charnwood) Ltd
- Shepshed Dolphins Swimming Group
Caroline Darrall, chairperson at Loughborough Leggo, said: “We are pleased to join the Charnwood Lottery as it is a creative and effective way to raise much-needed regular funding, during difficult financial times. The money raised will help our young people with special needs to reach their full potential.”
The first Charnwood Community Lottery draw takes place on September 29, 2018.
To mark the occasion, the lottery has two additional prizes, an iPad and a dining experience for two at Great Central Railway worth over £100.
To buy a ticket, please visit www.charnwoodlottery.co.uk where you will be asked to create an account.
When a participant chooses to support one of the registered charities or good causes, the organisation will receive a 50p donation, with 10p going towards a central community fund. If no charity is chosen, all 60 pence goes to the community fund.
The council will use the community fund to support local projects and good causes through its grants scheme.
Lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme, having already launched similar lotteries in places such as Melton Mowbray, Corby and Mansfield.
Gatherwell's managing director Ben Speare said: "We are really pleased to see Charnwood Community Lottery being launched to the public and look forward to the organisations involved selling tickets to their supporters and raising the funds they need."