Charity Jessie May launches new lottery partnership to raise over £250,000

By Jamie Hill - 19 March 2019


Children’s hospice at home charity Jessie May are delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Local Hospice Lottery which aims to raise over £250,000 over the next five years, helping to fund vital care for terminally ill children and their families.

Local Hospice Lottery is the country’s largest lottery for hospices and Jessie May, whose nurses have a base in Swindon, will now be one of 23 hospices benefitting from its weekly draw.

Anyone aged 16 or over can join the Local Hospice Lottery in support of the charity, whose nurses support families across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Wiltshire, Swindon, Bath & North East Somerset.

Local Hospice Lottery players have a great chance to win, whilst also helping to provide essential hospice care for local families at the same time.

Chris Roys, CEO of Jessie May, said: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of this exciting partnership with Local Hospice Lottery and look forward to working with the team over the next few years.

“It is imperative our nurses can continue to support local families and welcome additional children to our growing caseload. As a small charity, we rely on support from the community to fund this vital care free of charge to families.

“Joining the Local Hospice Lottery is a brilliant opportunity for both Jessie May and our supporters. Working in collaboration with Local Hospice Lottery and its weekly lottery draw involves just one set of running costs, which allows for both a better prize fund for players (the largest of any hospice lottery in fact), and more money to be generated in support of hospice care through saving vast amounts of costs.”

One entry into the weekly draw costs just £1 per week and there are 153 weekly prizes to be won (including a £2,000 prize, a £1,000 rollover prize (which can reach as high as £25,000), a £100 prize and 150 x £10 consolation prizes.) There are also two £10,000 Super Draws every year (in March & September) which players are automatically entered into.

Cheryl Bunkle, Head of Marketing and Account Management at Local Hospice Lottery, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home to the Local Hospice Lottery family! We feel both hugely excited and humbled to have the opportunity to work with them over the coming years and to help raise funds towards their amazing work.

“£1 per week might not seem like a lot, but it soon adds up and makes a really big difference. As well as being affordable, the Lottery also provides a fun and easy way for people to support hospice care for local families on an ongoing basis. Not only will this help Jessie May in the here and now, it also enables the Hospice to plan and develop their services with the aim of reaching even more families in the future. Not forgetting that the player gets the chance to win up to £25,000 too of course!”

Local Hospice Lottery will give between 50% and 80% of profits from individuals playing in support of The Jessie May Trust to The Jessie May Trust and the more people that join – the more Jessie May will receive. For each £1 entry in the weekly draw Local Hospice Lottery gives an average of 60p to hospice care.

Cheryl added: “To help us to recruit new players and raise more money, a team of paid fundraisers will be working in the local area, both door-to-door and at venues, offering people the opportunity to sign up to the Local Hospice Lottery quickly and securely. Each fundraiser will be wearing a branded uniform and have a Local Hospice Lottery photo identity card. If you would like to view photos of the fundraisers, or are interested in becoming a paid fundraiser yourself (as we are currently recruiting!), visit the ‘Meet the team’ section on the Local Hospice Lottery website now.”

Named the Lotteries Council’s ‘Lottery Operator of the Year 2018’ – Local Hospice Lottery has raised over £22million for hospice care across Great Britain to date.

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