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West Berkshire Lottery celebrates second birthday

Lottery has raised more than £124,000 for local good causes

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Since its launch by West Berkshire Council in March 2019, West Berkshire Lottery has raised £124,440 for the local community and nearly £39,000 has been given away in prize winnings.

Currently 131 local groups are signed up as part of a fun and effective way to raise funds for their valued services in the community. This support has been particularly valued by local charities raising funds during the pandemic.

Out of every £1 West Berkshire Lottery ticket purchased, 50p goes directly to the lottery player's chosen charity and 10p goes into the Council's good cause fund, used to further support the local community. Players can win weekly cash prizes up to the £25,000 jackpot for just £1 per ticket from the West Berkshire Lottery website: www.westberkshirelottery.co.uk. In addition, tickets purchased by 24 April will be entered into a national prize draw for a chance to win a £1,000 Currys PC World Gift Voucher.

Councillor Ross Mackinnon, Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development, West Berkshire Council, said:

"As we mark the second birthday of the West Berkshire Lottery, I'd like to thank all of the residents who have been supporting the local groups by playing the lottery over the past two years. The proceeds from the ticket sales provide vital support to local organisations, community groups and projects that benefit the local community.

"It's a fun way to fundraise, so our amazing charities and community projects in West Berkshire can continue to provide important services, while our residents can play along and win prizes. If you are involved in running a charity or other good cause in West Berkshire, I would really encourage you to sign up. It's completely free to take part."

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are provided with their own West Berkshire Lottery page and marketing materials on the lottery platform, and will receive 50p from every pound spent by players choosing to support them. Just 20 tickets sold every week would raise more than £500 annually (paid out monthly), with many raising almost £2,000 over the past year.

When asked how West Berkshire Lottery benefitted their group, Anne Munby, Fundraiser - Mary Hare Foundation, a centre of excellence for deaf education, said:

"It is good to have a regular amount of funding coming in from this lottery, especially as we cannot have live events at the moment. It is also a great way to tell local people what Mary Hare does locally - and share the delight when they have a win!"

Laura Lewis, CEO of Swings & Smiles, which provides support, friendship and play to children with special needs and their families, added:

"We've raised nearly £3,000 through being a part of the West Berkshire Lottery and have also benefitted from the additional funds the community pot provides, enabling us to purchase some specialist pieces of equipment to help with sensory play. It's a simple form of fundraising for us, and we always like being part of the local community."

Felicity Pethica, a trustee for Action for Pangbourne Toilets (APT), said:

"Action for Pangbourne Toilets (APT) is a Community Trust set up by a group of Pangbourne residents to reopen and run the toilet block in Station Road, Pangbourne. Joining the West Berkshire Lottery has added a regular funding stream and given APT wider exposure than before. We have benefitted not only from those who support our specific cause but also from those supporting all the worthy causes on the West Berkshire Lottery platform.

"West Berks Lottery also made a generous grant of £500 towards our running costs this year. This was gratefully received in a year where the normal grants and other sources of funds are uncertain or simply not there (such as village fetes and events)."

A draw takes place every Saturday and a 6 digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2-6 numbers from the winning combination. Match all 6 and the ticket holder wins the £25,000 jackpot. Winners are notified by email.

Local not-for-profit organisations or community groups who would like to sign up to raise funds for free through the West Berkshire Lottery are invited to visit https://www.westberkshirelottery.co.uk for further information and to register.