Charitable choices just days away

People living in north Oxfordshire will soon be able to back the charities of their choice through the Cherwell Lottery.

Published: Tuesday, 4th June 2019

Cherwell District Council has already received dozens of applications from local good causes and players will be able to begin buying tickets to help fund them from Tuesday, 11 June. The first lottery draw will take place on 6 July and tickets will be available on the Cherwell Lottery website

A number of high profile charities with strong local backing have already signed up and are in line to receive support from the fresh funding stream. They include Second Time Around, Radio Horton, Bicester Green and The Sunshine Centre.

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’ve had a fantastic take-up from local good causes since we first presented the lottery to them last month. They are now just days away from being able to reap the rewards.

“The goal behind setting up a lottery is to create a new funding stream for the organisations that give so much back to our communities.

“We’re processing more applications all the time, but I can already say that people will be able to choose to support charities supporting people with disabilities, survivors of domestic abuse and promoting skills and sustainability.”

Each partner organisation will have its own profile page on the Cherwell Lottery website, allowing people to find out more about their work and buy tickets supporting them. These also go live from 11 June.

Bodicote’s scout group leader Phil Grant said: “We’ve become a good cause partner to raise the funds we need to keep providing fun, adventures and skills for our beavers, cubs and scouts. Parents, grandparents and local people can choose to buy tickets that specifically support our group.”

Lottery players will have the option of donating directly to the named partner organisations when they buy their tickets, or to donate to a central fund to which not-for-profit groups can apply to receive a special one-off grant.

Mechelle Harris, founder of The Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre in Bicester, said: “The Cherwell Community Lottery will enable local supporters of the centre to buy tickets that directly benefit our service users and their families. It’s been a very straightforward process and we are excited to be a part of it.”

One in every 50 tickets will deliver a prize to players and prizes up to £25,000 are on offer.

Representatives of groups are interested in joining the Cherwell Lottery as a good cause partner are invited to email cherwelllottery@cherwell-dc.gov.uk.