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Wyre Forest Community Lottery – Winning in the community

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on fundraising for good causes.

In a survey conducted in October 2020, 84% of good causes said that the pandemic was having a negative impact on their fundraising with 55% stating that, apart from their lottery, they had been unable to continue any form of fundraising.

Wyre Forest Community Lottery is a free online fundraising solution designed for local not-for-profit groups and charities to diversify their fundraising streams. It enables the community to raise much-needed, year-round funds in a fun and effective way.

Since launching in November 2020 almost £7000 has been won and over £28,000 has been raised for the local community. The most recent win to celebrate is from last weekend, when Stephanie Thomas, a lucky supporter of ‘Wyre Forest Nightstop and Mediation Scheme’ won £250!

Stephanie Thomas from Far Forest said:

“I was surprised but delighted to get an email announcing I had won £250 in the local lottery. I am committed to supporting the local community and, when the local lottery was launched, it seemed the ideal opportunity. In particular, I wanted to support young people having spent a career working with them and enjoying their exuberance. I urge people to buy some tickets and nominate a local good cause they can relate to.” 

Tickets cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes. With 60 good causes and counting, more information can be found here – https://www.wyreforestcommunitylottery.co.uk/support/find-a-good-cause.

A player’s chosen cause receives 50p in every pound. Another 10p in every pound will go into a general good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT. Wyre Forest District Council does not receive any money from the scheme.

The draw is weekly with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes being £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.

Councillor Mary Rayner, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Capital Portfolio said:

 “Congratulations to Stephanie Thomas on her £250 win! We have had many winners since the lottery launched with residents winning £2,000 and £250. This is a great opportunity to support many good causes.

“If you are part of a local charity or organisation, you can apply to start raising more money as a good cause on the local lottery at any time. Find out more here –  https://www.wyreforestcommunitylottery.co.uk/good-causes/apply.