The new community lottery for the Horsham District got off to a flying start this week with over 660 supporters signed up and 1200 tickets bought in time for the inaugural prize draw.
Tickets are priced at £1 each, with 60p in each pound going to support local good causes. Thanks to this level of interest, organisers believe the lottery will raise “at least £39,000 for good causes over the first year”.
There were 24 winners at this week’s draw, including three winners of the £25 prize and one lucky winner, Catherine Pritchard of Horsham, winning a family meal voucher at The Crown in Horsham. Catherine commented: “I was so surprised to hear that I had won the bonus prize at this week’s lottery draw. I think the idea of a Community Lottery to support local community groups is a great idea and I was happy to buy a ticket for the local charity Know Dementia, because this disease affects so many people. I am looking forward now to spending my prize voucher and enjoying a meal with my family at the Crown pub.”
Ticket holders can choose which community group they want to support. There are many different types of organisations to select from when buying a ticket, from sports clubs, school associations and amateur dramatic societies, to local environmental groups, community projects and those giving support to the vulnerable members of our community.
Cllr Tricia Youtan, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet member for Community and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that our new community lottery has been supported so widely by our local community groups and residents, reflecting the real enthusiasm our residents have to help support those causes that are close to their hearts. To have sold over 1200 tickets after just one month of ticket sales is a fantastic achievement for our community groups.
“Over 80 community groups have signed up so far to receive a share of the funds. I would encourage more to get involved – it’s free to join, easy to sign up and every group has the potential to raise vital funds for their work. All groups involved are also given marketing support to help them reach out to their supporters.
“Groups were encouraged to try to sell at least 50 tickets from their supporters; those who do will raise £1300 per year. We have five groups who have already reached this target, which is an amazing start.”
The lottery is run on behalf of Horsham District Council by external provider Gatherwell, which already runs a similar scheme for many other local councils.
Community groups and those wanting to buy tickets should visit www.
Telephone: 01403 434010.