Local good causes and special guest BBC Three Counties Radio and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
pantomime star, Andy Collins, joined Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) last Friday to celebrate
four years of Vale Lottery – the UK’s first online council lottery.
“Vale Lottery is a brilliant initiative raising significant amounts of money for local good causes, players
are in with the chance to win some amazing prizes including the £25,000 jackpot – now that would
make a cracking Christmas present!” said Andy Collins, who is starring as cheeky chap ‘Louis Pot et
Pan’ in Beauty and The Beast at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. (One of the prizes for the special
birthday prize draw is 4 x VIP tickets for this show.)
Andy also said that, “As a local man myself I am impressed by how much has been achieved in the
community thanks to Vale Lottery. A fantastic £296,313 has already been raised, and with your help
we can reach £300,000 by the end of the year! With just one week left to get your tickets for Vale
Lottery’s birthday prize draw, there’s never been a better time to start supporting a good cause.”
Vale Lottery was launched by AVDC in 2015 in response to central government cuts and has seen
more than 200 causes – including over 50 schools – joining up to raise much-needed funds.
Specialised sports equipment, school computers and robots, and a children’s library are just some of
the things Vale Lottery income has been spent on.
Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) was one of the good causes which attended Friday’s birthday event.
Money raised through the Vale Lottery for MDD is invested in the training of both Bio Detection Dogs
and Medical Alert Assistance Dogs – who detect life threatening diseases such as cancer and
Parkinson's and warn people about their complex health conditions, for example, diabetes.
Carolyn Green, MDD Community Fundraiser, spoke about the vital work MDD does: “Being a part of
Vale Lottery has been a very successful way of fundraising for us; since we signed up we have raised
over £10,000. Each Medical Alert Assistance Dog costs £29,000 to train and place and we rely solely
on donations, so the money raised through Vale Lottery is a vital income for us.”
And it’s not just Aylesbury Vale communities which are benefitting from the Vale Lottery model. The
initiative has now been adopted by more than 60 local authorities nationwide, supporting over 5,000
good causes and generating a total of over £3 million annually.
AVDC Chairman, Councillor Judy Brandis, said: “This year’s Vale Lottery birthday event proved to be
another fantastic celebration for local charities and good causes. It’s amazing to be able to share how
far Vale Lottery has come since its launch four years ago, and the difference it’s making in our
communities. Thank you to the good causes, the Vale Lottery players and supporters, as well as the
charismatic Andy Collins for celebrating with us.”
Organisations sign up at valelottery.co.uk where players can also buy their tickets for £1 a week and
choose their cause. 60p from every ticket goes directly to local good causes – that’s more than
double the amount donated per pound by the National Lottery, which gives just 28p. Alongside prizes
in the special draws and smaller cash prizes, players also have the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot