Well, I’m thrilled to say, it just got better as, from this Saturday, the jackpot will increase from £20,000 to £25,000, and the amount going to local good causes will go up to 60p in the pound from 58p (pretty good, I think, when you consider the National Lottery gives just 28p). These improvements are possible because of our success so far.
Vale Lottery really is making a difference – so far more than £24,000 has been paid to our good causes and it’s on track to make a total of £60,000 (more than triple our initial target) by the end of the year.
Some groups are doing brilliantly. Carers Bucks are set to generate more than £1,200 this year which will fund a support group; just one of many examples where Vale Lottery is helping our communities.
However, we can’t rest on our laurels - not everyone is seeing such a return yet, and that’s partly why we got together so we could discuss how to attract those all-important supporters.
I know from personal experience that fundraising is a hard slog, and that’s why Vale Lottery can work so well. As the Great Brickhill Cricket club fundraiser said, endless effort goes into annual events which might raise a much-needed £1,000 or so, but they’re already on track to generate more than that through Vale Lottery.
So, please find time to visit valelottery.co.uk, find a cause that’s close to your heart (there are currently 118 to choose from!) and start making a difference on your doorstop. And, fingers crossed, you may just win £25,000, or one of a range of other cash prizes. Be lucky!