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Local Hospice Lottery wins Lottery Operator of the Year

09 May 2018

Local Hospice Lottery has been named Lottery Operator of the Year 2018 at The Lotteries Council awards ceremony.

The Lotteries Council is the voice for more than 400 members from different sectors including sport, charity, the arts and healthcare who operate prize-led fundraising through lotteries and competitions across the country.

Local Hospice Lottery began as the in-house lottery of Farleigh Hospice in Essex in 1996. After eleven years of operating the draw solely for the hospice, the decision was taken to develop the Lottery for the benefit of hospice care in other areas of the country, and in 2008 ‘Local Hospice Lottery’ was born.

Whether a hospice already has a lottery income they are looking to improve or does not have a lottery at all,  through sharing one overarching prize fund, one system and an experienced and knowledgeable team, lots of expenditure can be saved and partner hospices can enjoy a low risk, low input way of increasing their income. The implementation and nurturing of an in-house national sales team, combined with expertise in member acquisition in other areas, has resulted in immense growth over the last four to five years which has seen Local Hospice Lottery firmly establish itself as the UK’s largest and fastest growing lottery for hospices.

Local Hospice Lottery’s Chief Executive Officer, Gary Hawkes, said:

“To say that we are delighted to be named the Lotteries Council’s ‘Lottery Operator of the Year 2018’ would be a massive understatement. After being shortlisted for three national awards last year - with The Institute of Fundraising, Third Sector and the Scottish Institute of Fundraising - it is absolutely fantastic to win this prestigious award from The Lotteries Council, who only give one organisational award every year.”

“Local Hospice Lottery has now raised in excess of £18 million for hospice care across the country and has subsequently contributed to the essential care and support of thousands of families affected by life limiting illnesses. We currently work with twenty different hospices, from the south coast of England to the Highlands of Scotland. Winning this award is recognition of both the hard work and dedication of the whole Local Hospice Lottery Team, as well as the amazing hospices who choose to work with us, and we are continually humbled and grateful to represent when promoting the Lottery.”   

Jackie Johnston, from Strathcarron Hospice in Scotland - one of Local Hospice Lottery’s partner hospices – commented:

“This successful partnership is crucial in enabling us to provide our vital services and over £1 million has been raised for the hospice since we started working together. Due to the regular nature of the income, it allows us to plan ahead at a time when our services come under increasing demand. As we did not previously have our own lottery, we now have around 14,000 people who might not have otherwise supported the hospice. Our partnership with Local Hospice Lottery helps us immensely now, and will continue to do so in the future.”      

For more information visit Local Hospice Lottery

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