Harlow charities await first draw of Essex Lottery

Charity / Mon 6th Nov 2017 at 02:18pm

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LOCAL charities, community groups and good causes around the county are counting down to the first draw of The Essex Lottery on Saturday 25 November. Over 130 local good causes have signed up for what will be the largest Council-run lottery in the country and they will start to benefit from the profits of the weekly prize draws. A total of 60p from every £1 goes to good causes in Essex, which is more than double the National Lottery.

Players can buy tickets online now via the lottery website www.essexlottery.co.uk and select which charity or good cause they wish to support. 50p from every £1 goes straight to the player’s selected charity from those registered on The Essex Lottery website. 10p goes to a central Essex Lottery charity fund, which will allocate small grants to local charities and good causes. 20p goes into The Essex Lottery prize fund and the remaining 20p goes towards admin and VAT.

The Essex Lottery offers a guaranteed jackpot prize of £25,000 for matching six numbers in the correct order and there are nine guaranteed ‘raffle’ prizes each week. The top raffle prize is valued at 10 per cent of that week’s ticket sales and 8 raffle prizes are valued at 4 per cent of that week’s ticket sales.

To purchase tickets and select a good cause to support go to www.essexlottery.co.uk. For all enquires re The Essex Lottery call 0300 302 32 32.

Lucy Geater from Accuro, a small Harlow-based charity that provides specialist services for people with disabilities and their families in West Essex, commented: “We are very excited to be part of the Essex Lottery and hope that it will help us to raise awareness of Accuro, and the services that we offer across West Essex. We would be very grateful for any donations we receive from the Essex Lottery and will use the money to enhance our services.”

Gary Knott, co-founder of Harlow charity Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT), said: “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 to gain funding to support our work.”

The Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT) runs Maybury Open Door, the 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.

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