20 years of success for hospice’s lottery

Staff at Willowbrook Hospice celebrate the hospice lottery's 20th birthday
Staff at Willowbrook Hospice celebrate the hospice lottery's 20th birthday
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Willowbrook Hospice’s lottery is celebrating its 20th birthday - and the scheme is still going from strength to strength.

Launched in September 1995, just 12 months after the National Lottery’s inception, over £9m has been raised for the Portico Lane hospice since the first ticket was drawn.

As well as helping the hospice, customers have enjoyed some bumper pay-out, with almost £3.5m given away in prizes over the past two decades.

Carol Pilkington, hospice lottery manager, said: “We’re now close to hitting the £10 million fundraising mark and we’re so grateful to have the continuous support from our members to enable us to collect such a significant sum for the hospice.

“It’s thanks to these fantastic people that we can celebrate such phenomenal success, and we hope this incredible support will continue long into the future for the benefit of our patients and their families.”

The lottery costs just £1 a week to play, the same price as when it launched. Each week more than £2,000 in prizes is awarded to lucky winners, including a £1,000 weekly jackpot. There is also a rollover prize, which could reach £10,000. The highest rollover winner, so far, received a massive £8,400.

The money that the lottery raises helps the hospice provide specialist care to local people with life shortening illnesses as well as offering support to their family and friends.

g Fancy joining? Call Debbie Munro on 01744 766926 or visit www.willowbrook.org.uk