Since its launch, the Winsby Community Lottery has raised more than £20,000 for the local community and as an extra bonus, to celebrate the second anniversary of the lottery, four lucky organisations have received a bonus from money collected as part of the general fund.
With 10p from every ticket bought put into a central pot, it was decided as part of the operating rules to award this in a random draw on the anniversary of the lottery to one of the causes signed up to the site.
This year, it was decided to award £1,500 to the first organisation drawn randomly, and £500 each to the next three. The lucky recipients are:
1 x £1500 prize: Grimsby and District School of Gymnastics
3 x £500 prizes: YMCA Humber, Faraway CIC and Grimsby and District Scouts.
Grimsby and District School of Gymnastics Club Director, Kate Storr, said: “The £1500 grand prize awarded to us from the Winsby Community Fund has made us feel like millionaires! We are very grateful to all involved with Winsby. This money will go toward funding new equipment for the club to make our gymnasts’ experience here even better. We encourage others to get involved with Winsby as it’s an amazing opportunity that greatly benefits the local area.”
Abigail Palmer, Communications Officer at YMCA Humber, said: “We are thrilled to have received £500 from the Winsby Community Lottery Fund. The funds will go towards supporting our free community activities such as our parent and toddler group, and our youth club. Without funding, we would not be able to run either of these free services.”
Laurie Kennedy, Director of Faraway CIC, said: “I want to give a massive thank you to Winsby Lottery for the generous donation of £500 towards the delivery of our services for North East Lincolnshire’s amazing neurodiverse community. We look forward to using these funds on providing resources such as tools for our Allotment Groups and stationery for our Arts and Crafts Groups. Funding such as this helps us to keep delivering the social and creative opportunities our members love, also keeping it accessible and most importantly free to anyone in the community that needs it.”
Carol Dillon, District Commissioner (Adult Support) for Grimsby & Cleethorpes District Scouts, said: “We are fortunate enough to have their own campsite. This is used by local scouts, other scouts and guides, and several community groups. It provides a safe space for young people to enjoy outdoor activities and camping whilst learning skills for life. Winsby lottery revenue helps us to pay for maintenance of equipment such as our climbing wall and archery range, making a difference to young people in our area and beyond.”
Cllr Stephen Harness, Cabinet member for finance, said: “Lots of local groups have signed up to the draw, and it’s an easy, and free way for them to raise funds for their valued services in the community. I’m delighted to be able to hand out these extra bonus prizes to the various organisations – it’s our way of helping to share the money around, as we promised we would when we set up the lottery.”
Unlike other lotteries, a huge 60p from every £1 ticket goes to local charities and good causes signed up to the site. You can choose which cause to support when you sign up.
Good causes not only benefit from receiving profits from ticket sales from their page they also receive a host of marketing materials as well as their own Winsby Lottery web page!
Are you a local not-for-profit group looking to diversify your fundraising income in a fun and effective way? Or maybe you know of a PTA, sports club, or other charity that it looking for a sustainable way to raise funds?
Good causes can sign up for FREE at any time, it’s so easy to do – simply visit www.winsbylottery.co.uk to register.