Charnwood Community Lottery is celebrating a milestone as the 50th good cause has signed up to take part.
Friends of Hallam Fields joined the lottery recently and is a parents and teachers association raising funds for Hallam Fields primary school in Birstall.
So far, more than £10,000 has been raised by the lottery, which is run by the borough council, since it launched last year. Good causes include community libraries, swimming clubs, history groups, scout groups, play groups, village halls and various charities.
Cllr Deborah Taylor, lead member for Communities said: “We’re delighted to have Friends of Hallam Fields on board and wish them every success. The lottery was introduced to offer groups and voluntary organisations an additional way of funding the services they offer.
“It’s fantastic to see so many different groups signed up for the lottery but there’s always room for more. It’s free for good causes to join the lottery so I’d encourage all non-profit organisations, charities and clubs to register.
“Good causes that are interested in joining the lottery can find out more by visiting our website.”
Hema Mistry, chair of the Friends of Hallam Fields group said: “Funds raised through the Charnwood Community Lottery will help enhance the children’s school experience through additional events and activities.
“As a new school that only opened in August 2017, every extra bit of funding helps us support the children in a big way.
“The lottery offers parents, teaches and the local community the chance to help support a small primary school while still having the chance to win a prize. We’ve only recently joined the lottery, but I’d like to thank everyone who has chosen to support us with their ticket so far.”
For every £1 ticket purchased, 60p goes towards helping good causes in the borough and people can choose which good cause to support when buying their ticket.
The top prize in the Charnwood Community Lottery is £25,000.
Among the many groups to have benefitted is Living Without Abuse, a charity which supports women, men and children that have been affected by domestic abuse.
Living Without Abuse joined the lottery when it launched and has already received £466.
Debbie Hughes, chief executive officer at Living Without Abuse said: “The Charnwood Community Lottery offers the charity some additional and regular funding to help us deliver services to residents in Charnwood.
“As a good cause, it doesn’t cost us anything to be part of the lottery and the money raised so far has been used to help families recover from domestic and sexual abuse”
To play the Charnwood Community Lottery or to find out more about being one of the good causes, please visit www.charnwoodlottery.co.uk.