Actress Gillian Wright joined local good causes, along with Cllr Janet Blake, to officially launch the online Vale Lottery this morning at the Gateway.
So far, 40 good causes have signed up to the lottery which enables them to raise much-needed money whilst giving supporters the chance to win a £20,000 jackpot. Just before launch, more than 200 tickets had already been bought.
A wide variety of causes are already on board including disability groups, animal charities, sports clubs, theatre groups and schools.
Under the scheme, local good causes have their own webpage where their supporters can sign up. 50p in every pound goes directly to that good cause. An additional 8p will go to a general good cause fund, to be administered by AVDC. Those without a favourite cause can choose to just support this general fund if they wish, which would then receive 58p in the pound. The rest of the money goes towards running costs and prize fund. AVDC does not take a penny.
Actress Gillian Wright who plays Jean Slater in Eastenders was at the launch in her role as ambassador for Medical Detection Dogs and said: “I see this event as a wonderful opportunity for many charities to receive funds across the Vale. I hope you’ll play. Good luck everybody!”
Cllr Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Business Transformation added: “This is a very exciting day for Aylesbury Vale. I’m really hopeful that the residents of the Vale will get on board and help the causes of their choice to raise much needed funds to continue their good work in our community.”
Those who sign up to take part in the lottery before 28 November, which is the date of the first draw, will be put into a special prize draw where they could win an iPad and panto tickets.
Good causes and those who wish to take part should visit www.valelottery.co.uk