4 Dec 2018
Local good causes and special guest La Voix, semi-finalist of Britain’s Got Talent 2014 and one of the UK’s leading variety performers, joined Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) last Friday to celebrate three years of Vale Lottery – the UK’s first online council lottery.
“This is just a fabulous initiative allowing players to win some amazing prizes while, best of all, supporting local good causes. Having moved from London and now living locally, it’s warming to hear how much has been fundraised, over £200,000!, and achieved in the community thanks to Vale Lottery. If you’re thinking of registering your good cause or if you’d just like to support one, do it!” said La Voix, who is starring as Mrs Smee in the Christmas pantomime at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, one of the prizes for the special birthday prize draw.
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. Aylesbury’s branch of Parkinson’s UK was one of the causes which spoke at Friday’s birthday event. Anne Burroughs, Chair, and Andrew Farrow, a Committee Member who is living with Parkinson’s, spoke about the work Parkinson’s UK does and how important keeping active is to people living with Parkinson’s. Andrew even showed everyone a few moves with a pair of boxing gloves Vale Lottery has allowed them to purchase:
“Being a part of Vale Lottery is a really effective way of fundraising and has allowed us to purchase specialised equipment to help people living with Parkinson’s in Aylesbury Vale. The use of resistance bands and boxing gloves are just some of the examples of how the money raised has given back to the community.”
It’s not just delivering benefits for Aylesbury Vale communities – the initiative has now been adopted by more than 50 councils across the country, supporting over 200,000 good causes and is generating a total of one and a half million pounds a year.
Organisations sign up at Vale Lottery 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 every week.
AVDC Chairman, Councillor Sue Renshell, said:
“Today has been absolutely fantastic! It’s amazing to be able to share how far Vale Lottery has come and the difference it’s making to so many local charities and good causes. It really is a wonderful way for residents to get involved, and it’s great to see AVDC sharing its success with Vale Lottery by supporting other councils in doing the same for their areas. Thanks to all the good causes, all the players, our partner Gatherwell and, of course, the fabulous La Voix!”