It’s 15 years since the Prospect Hospice launched its monthly lottery to contribute much needed cash towards the £5.8 million needed annually to keep it open.
Founded over 32 years ago, the hospice in Wroughton provides free high quality palliative care to people facing the end of life.
Last year it cared for nearly 2,000 patients and their families, offering services at the 15 bed hospice, at a ward in Great Western Hospital and through a team of community nurse specialists caring for people in their own homes.
In addition to immediate medical care, vital services for longer term patients, including various complementary and occupational therapies, are provided. A day hospice supports families through what may be, for many, the most difficult time of their lives.
Whilst all these services are free of charge, less than 30 per cent is funded by the government. The lottery was set up to involve more people in their local hospice and to raise vital funds, meaning that patients do not have the additional burden of having to find money to pay for their care.
For just £1 per week, the lottery offers 28 chances to win weekly cash prizes, including the top prize of £1,000.
As part of this year’s celebration, the charity is asking the public to help make it the best ever, by either helping to promote the lottery to friends and family, or by signing up to play.
Fundraiser Sarah Bedry said: “We’re really grateful to everyone who already takes part in our lottery. But there’s still a lot we can do, especially in this fifteenth year.
"Getting friends and family involved is a really easy way to support the invaluable care that Prospect provides.
“If anyone’s interested in other ways of supporting the lottery, for example by setting up payroll giving in their firm, we’d love to hear from you. And you never know – it might be you who wins the £1,000.”
Find out more about taking part in the lottery, or setting up a payroll giving scheme, at: prospect-hospice.net/lottery or call the fundraising office on 01793 816 190.