Our Community Lottery celebrates two years of helping local good causes raise money for themselves this December. Since launching in 2018, the Guildford Community Lottery has raised almost £112,000 for over 130 charities, clubs, school PTAs and other not-for-profit organisations in our borough.

Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Councillor for the Community says:

“I can’t believe it has already been two years since our Community Lottery started. It has been amazing to see how it has really benefitted voluntary groups, charities, schools, animal welfare groups and other local good causes in our borough. It’s heart warming to see how many people have been supporting their local good causes through our Lottery and I’m so pleased to see how much money has been raised, especially during this unprecedented year.”

We set up the Lottery to help local good causes connect with their communities to raise money in a fun and easy way. It is run by local authority lottery provider Gatherwell. Both good causes and players access the lottery online and it’s entirely free to sign up to.

Cllr McShane adds: “If you haven’t already considered joining the Lottery, it’s an online, Covid-secure alternative to raise money in an easy and fun way. Supporters who buy a ticket to support their causes have the chance of winning the £25,000 jackpot. Although we have yet to see a winner of the £25,000 prize this year, we have had two players win £2,000 and 18 players win £250, as well as a player winning a national prize of a Family Forest Staycation.”

Causes that sign up will receive their own lottery page as well as free marketing materials and support. Tickets costs £1 and each good cause receives 50% of every ticket bought directly from their page. Supporters who buy weekly tickets have a chance of winning the £25,000 jackpot as well as national prizes throughout the year.

For every ticket bought, 10% goes directly to Guildford Philanthropy, a local charity fund aiming to transform the lives of our less advantaged residents’ through social enterprise, carer and charity support.

Cllr McShane adds: “Guildford Philanthropy have been working so hard throughout the pandemic. Since the start of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, they have been working with partners Foodwise TLC to provide hot meals for vulnerable people, giving 3,000 hot meals to over 200 families. Our Lottery has raised over £18,000 for Guildford Philanthropy since 2018.”

Another local good cause that has benefitted hugely from the Lottery is The Friends of Christ’s College Guildford, a PTA group which signed up this November. Sarah Hedger-Howe, Treasurer of Friends of Christ’s College Guildford says: “The Guildford Community Lottery is a fantastic platform to raise money for your cause. We have only recently joined but are over the moon with the response we have had from parents at the school, especially after this very challenging and difficult year for everything, including fundraising. We haven’t been able to do our usual fundraising events this year, so the lottery has been a huge bonus for us as it’s all online. It only takes a short period of time to set up the page promoting your cause, and marketing materials are supplied to help you boost sales. This year we have raised money for a new football kit for the school, as the PE department wanted to boost extra-curricular participation across a variety of sports. This means that when the students represent the school, they feel proud to do so! The money raised by the lottery allows us to offer more opportunities and improve facilities for the students at the college. We are now focusing on raising money for an outdoor sheltered seating area which will benefit all the students at the college.”

If you’re still looking to buy your friends and family a Christmas present, Lottery Gift Vouchers start at just £5. 50% of the proceeds from each ticket purchased with the Gift Voucher goes directly to the good cause it is redeemed with.