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Guildford Community Lottery Celebrates its First Anniversary

Guildford Community Lottery Celebrates its First Anniversary

Guildford Borough Council have released the following press release.

Guildford Community Lottery celebrates its first birthday with the promise of helping even more good causes in 2020 – and by giving one lucky supporter the chance to win an Apple iPad Pro this weekend!

Since the first draw in December 2018, the Lottery – which boasts a top prize of £25,000 – has raised almost £60,000 for 123 local charities and community organisations, thanks to the sale of nearly 100,000 tickets.

Tickets cost just £1 per week, with 60% of all proceeds going to Guildford good causes – more than double the percentage donated by the National Lottery.

All tickets purchased before this weekend’s draw, at 8pm on Saturday 14 December, also have a chance of winning a special Christmas bonus of a new Apple iPad Pro with 11-inch screen and 64GB of memory! Tickets can be purchased at www.guildfordlottery.org.

Participants have a 1-in-56 chance of winning a prize, with ticket holders who match the weekly six-number combination claiming the £25,000 jackpot.

With organisations ranging from Cherry Trees disabled children’s charity to Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance already benefitting from their supporters’ generosity, all Guildford good causes can help to put the fun into their fundraising campaigns by keeping 50% of all ticket sales from their own dedicated and entirely free Community Lottery page.

Cherry Trees have used their Guildford Community Lottery funds to increase their provision of essential respite care for children with disabilities at their base in East Clandon. August – one of their most demanding months – saw Cherry Trees provide 1725 hours of one-to-one care, including a packed calendar of outings, activities, creative workshops and house visits, to give children with disabilities new experiences, develop their social skills and be celebrated for who they are.

“When someone plays the lottery through Cherry Trees, they are putting money to a cause which is there for families who tell us time and time again that we are their lifeline,” said Cherry Trees’ Anna Reid. “We are the safe place for their child to come, for a few fun hours of activities and entertainments, whilst their parents get a break from caring. All lottery tickets bought mean a lot to us, and we hope more people will sign up to play via Cherry Trees in 2020, a year in which we celebrate our 40th anniversary. It is an initiative which doesn’t require any extra work or time from our hard-working children’s charity, and has raised several thousand pounds extra for us in 2019.”

“The Guildford Community Lottery has enjoyed a fantastic first year, and I am delighted that we have been able to help so many local good causes make a huge difference to the town,” said James Whiteman, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council. “We’re always trying to find new and innovative ways to support local groups and organisations, and the great thing about the Lottery is that it raises awareness of these causes and the needs around the Borough.

“We’re delighted with the impact that it has made in 2019 and are already looking forward to helping even more people in 2020.”