29 Nov 2017
Local good causes got together with singer and local resident Tony Hadley and Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) today to celebrate two years of Vale Lottery – the UK’s first online council lottery. It proved to be a double celebration when a new fundraising total of £130,000 was revealed, as Tony unveiled a giant cheque.
“This is a no brainer. Vale Lottery helps out good causes and you can win great prizes. I just think it’s a fantastic thing. It’s a way of getting involved, and all councils should be doing it. Thanks to those who support it and for those people who are thinking of joining, don’t hesitate, sign up!” said the singer, who’s been supporting the initiative since it started.
Vale Lottery was launched by AVDC in 2015 in response to central government cuts and has seen more than 160 causes, including almost 40 schools, joining up to raise much-needed funds. Horse-riding lessons for autistic children, sports equipment, school computers and a children’s library are just some of the things Vale Lottery income has been spent on. Carers Bucks is one of the causes which spoke at today’s event. Beth Sawyers is their Community Fundraiser.
“Vale Lottery brings us more than £1000 a year and this money goes towards supporting a whole support group in Aylesbury. It’s a great income for us and if any causes are thinking of joining Vale Lottery, it’s a really effective way of fundraising.”
It’s not just delivering benefits for Aylesbury Vale communities – the initiative has now been adopted by more than 30 councils across the country and is on its way to generating a total of more than a million pounds a year.
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. Players have the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot every week.
Cllr Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Business Transformation and Commercialisation, said:
“Today has been absolutely fantastic! It’s amazing for everyone to see how far Vale Lottery has come and the difference it’s making - and now, of course, to many other councils too. Thanks to all the good causes, all the players, our partners Gatherwell and, of course, Tony Hadley!
And if you haven’t signed up yet, there’s no better time! If you join between now and Saturday, you’ll also get entered into our extra birthday prize draw, which has some fabulous prizes, including VIP panto tickets, Silverstone tickets and more.“