Forest Lottery begins by inviting local Good Causes to benefit
Forest of Dean good causes are being encouraged to sign up to benefit from the new Forest Lottery. 60p from every £1 ticket will go to charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes that work in the area.
Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes.
The lottery was officially launched to good causes on Friday 6 September at the Council Offices in Coleford. Good causes who were unable to make the event and want to benefit can register now at www.forestlottery.co.uk
The website is also where residents can buy tickets, from later on this year. An announcement will be made before tickets go live!
More than 10 good causes have already signed up. The first was Lydney Dial A Ride. Charity Manager, Mrs Louise Currie, said: “We were very keen to sign up to support the lottery. Through signing up to be a good cause we can raise money and awareness of the service that we offer. It gives us exposure to people who wouldn’t normally be aware of our service, and that’s a fantastic thing!"
Maggie Marshall, of Forest of Dean Dog Rescue, said: "For small charities, getting this money is going to make a lot of difference, and will go a long way. We'd encourage other local good causes to sign up. All you have to do is commit to spreading the word about your own lottery page and reaching a minimum of at least 20 ticket sales".
Cllr Tim Gwilliam is Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, which has set up the lottery. Opening the event, he said: "This is a really, really exciting day because it's all about charities, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit organisations, and trying to support the Forest of Dean community."
Cllr Paul Hiett, the council's Cabinet Member for Communities, encouraged leaders of good causes to sign up to benefit from the lottery. “I am really enthusiastic about the benefits of the Forest Lottery to, not only individual organisations within our Community who do a fantastic job, sometimes with very little recognition but the wider Forest of Dean who may also benefit from FODDC’s proportion of monies, so we can continue benefits for the Forest of Dean District residents”
The Forest Lottery’s first draw will be held later on this year. From each £1 ticket, 60p goes to local good causes. Another 20% goes to the prize fund, and the rest is for running costs and VAT.
Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets.
A lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme, having already launched similar lotteries elsewhere.
Ben Speare, Gatherwell's Managing Director, said: "We are delighted that Gatherwell has been awarded the opportunity to run the new Forest Lottery. We're looking forward to helping support Forest of Dean local causes in partnership with Forest of Dean District Council.”
Causes that attended the Good Causes Launch: Forest of Dean Athletics Club, Forest of Dean Baby Bank, Coalway Recreation Ground, Cinderford Bowling Club, Dial A Ride, Coalway Early Years, Lydney Victoria Centre, Dr Charlie’s Lunch Club, Berry Hill Community Lights, Harmony Twirlstars, Forest Youth, Ruardean Hill Play Area, Forest of Dean Dog Rescue, Together We Can, Mitcheldean SC, Forest Radio, Great Oaks Hospice and a representative from multiple local Girlguiding Groups. The Forest Review also attended.