Hart District Council invited local good causes to celebrate the first anniversary of the Hart Lottery on Tuesday 10 July at Hart Leisure Centre.
The celebrations began with coffee and cake, followed by the opportunity to hear from causes who have benefitted from the lottery. So far, the lottery has raised over £25,000.
One of the most successful lottery causes to date has been Church Crookham and Fleet Men’s Shed. Malcolm Thompson, a member of the Men’s Shed group, said: “Joining the Hart Lottery has been a great benefit to our cause. Our monthly income from the lottery covers the cost of renting our premises, so we don't need to worry about this as an expense. Our lottery income has only increased and I would encourage other local groups to join.”
The Hart Lottery currently supports 66 local good causes including sports groups, disability groups, schools, youth groups and community organisations, as well as the Hart District Council Chairman’s charities.
Chairman of Hart District Council, Cllr Wendy Makepeace-Browne, said: “It was a great pleasure to be able to celebrate with some of the good causes supported by the Hart Lottery. We hope that even more of our local groups will sign up and generate additional funds to support the community.”
Ticket sales have now reached over 1,000 in each draw and supporters of the lottery also benefit from the chance to win great prizes, starting from free tickets up to a jackpot prize of £25,000. The anniversary draw also included a bolt on prize of an iPad.
Winner of the bolt on prize, Mrs Simpson from Fleet, used her tickets to support Friends of Ancells Farm. Speaking about the lottery, she said: “I was really pleased to hear that I had won an iPad on the Hart Lottery. The Lottery is an easy way to support a good cause that is important to you, with the added benefit of a chance to win prizes at the same time.”
For more information about joining the Hart Lottery as a good cause, or to buy tickets for the lottery visit www.hartlottery.co.uk.