Guildford Community Lottery celebrated a major milestone in its fundraising efforts for local good causes this week – and will give anybody who helps raise even more money by 31 October a chance to win a fantastic family forest staycation.

Since we launched it on 24 September 2018 the Lottery, which boasts a top prize of £25,000 and is run by Gatherwell on our behalf, has raised an incredible £100,000 for 130 local charities and organisations, including school PTAs, sports clubs and community groups.

The Lottery helps charities and good causes by linking them directly to their supporters and can help to put the fun into their fundraising campaigns as they keep 50% of all ticket sales from their own dedicated and entirely free Community Lottery webpage. A further 10% of proceeds go to Guildford Philanthropy, a charity founded by us in 2014 to transform the lives of less fortunate members of the community. It is free to join and is safe and Coronavirus (Covid-19) secure to both manage and play as it is all online.

Lead Councillor for the Community, Cllr Julia McShane says:

“The Guildford Community Lottery has continued to be a great success in its second year, and I am delighted that we have been able to help so many local good causes make a huge difference to the Borough. Charities around the country are finding fundraising especially difficult during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and with 50% of proceeds from the tickets going direct to community groups this is a safe and easy way for them to continue their work and engage with their supporters.

“We’re always trying to find new and innovative ways to help local groups and organisations, and another great thing about the Lottery is that it raises awareness of these causes and the needs around the Borough. We’re delighted with the impact that it has made in 2020 and are already looking forward to welcoming more groups and helping even more people in 2021.”

The Lions Club, an international group which helps local communities with fundraising events and voluntary service, are one of the local charities who have benefitted from the Lottery’s simple set-up process and generous donations. 60% of all Community Lottery proceeds go to Guildford good causes – more than double the percentage donated by the National Lottery.

Deric Quaile, President of Guildford Lions Club, says: “The Guildford Community Lottery is highly recommended. It is helping to bring in a proportion of the much-needed income to help us ride out the current crisis. By mobilising our members to encourage others to sign up for tickets we have become one of the largest supporters of the lottery.

“The Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation has meant none of our normal fundraising events have been staged, and consequently we will have no income during 2020. We are not able to offer the same levels of support as in past years but we are concentrating our support to help those people most in need, working alongside the local Foodbanks and a few other organisations.”

He continued: “A proportion of the monies raised collectively by all those who have signed up to the Guildford Community Lottery is used directly to help support other charities in the local community. That fits well with the overall Lions objective of helping other like-minded charities in the borough.”

Tickets cost just £1 per week, with participants having a 1-in-56 chance of winning a prize. Ticket holders who match the weekly six-number combination claim the £25,000 jackpot.

All tickets purchased before Saturday 31 October at 8pm also go into a nationwide draw to win a Forest Holidays cabin break at one of 11 sites across Britain, worth up to £500.

Forest Holidays offer log cabin breaks and adventure and activity holidays at 11 locations across Britain: Ardgartan Argyll, Scotland; Beddgelert, Snowdonia; Blackwood Forest, Hampshire; Cropton, North Yorkshire; Deerpark, Cornwall; Delamere Forest, Cheshire; Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire; Keldy, North Yorkshire, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Strathyre, Scotland; and Thorpe Forest, Norfolk.