Harlow charity gets on board with Essex Lottery

Lifestyle / Fri 6th Oct 2017 at 08:56am

THE Michael Roberts Charitable Trust in Harlow, which works with vulnerable people of all ages, has welcomed the opportunity to be part of The Essex Lottery. Tickets for The Essex Lottery will go on sale on 11 October and the first weekly prize draw will take place on 25 November 2017.

The Essex Lottery is a weekly lottery set up by Essex County Council to support communities right across Essex and over 75 good causes have successfully registered so far. There is no cost to the charities and good causes who take part and support is being given to raise awareness among supporter groups.

The Michael Roberts Charity Trust (MRCT) runs Maybury Open Door, Harlow drop-in centre, Harlow Foodbank, Bounty Club fresh food service (which redistributes surplus fresh food into the local community), school breakfast clubs and gives support to the women’s refuge, among other activities. The charity employs 13 part-time employees and has 116 volunteers.

Gary Knott is co-founder of MRCT. He says: “When I saw The Essex lottery I thought, ‘What a great idea, it’s something really positive.’ We are finding that the work we do is dramatically increasing and the funding is dramatically reducing, so we look out for every opportunity where we can gain funding to support our work.”

The Herts and Essex Community Farm (which runs a community allotment project) and mental wellbeing charity Rainbow Services, are two other local good causes which have successfully registered.

Munaza Ali from The Herts and Essex Community Farm, which has grown nearly two tonnes of organic food on the allotment for the local community this year, said: “We hope the local community will get behind us and buy tickets for the Essex Lottery when they go on sale. This will help us to open up the allotment to a lot more people.”

Lottery players will be able to select a cause from The Essex Lottery website which they wish to support and 50p of the £1 ticket price will go to that cause. A further 10p in every pound will be donated to a central Essex Lottery fund, which will be distributed as small grants to a wide range of local good cause projects across Essex which apply for support. If a player does not select a charity or good cause, 60p in the £1 will be donated directly to the central Essex Lottery fund. The total of 60p in every £1 going to good causes is more than double the National Lottery.

The Essex Lottery team is touring Essex Libraries to provide information and answer questions and on Tuesday 24 October will be at Harlow Library (12.30pm – 2.00pm), Loughton Library (3.00pm – 4.30pm) and Dunmow Library (10.00am – 11.30am).

See www.essexlottery.co.uk for more information.Charity

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