ROTHERHAM Hospice has a revamped regular prize draw — aimed at raising more than £1 million in five years.
The charity has partnered with Local Hospice Lottery (LHL) for the weekly contest, and is one of 29 centres to benefit from the takings.
Rotherham Hospice says ceasing its own lotto and working with the not-for-profit LHL will make a big and positive difference to income.
Stephen King, the hospice’s director of income generation, pointed out that the charity has provided care and support since 1994 — and must raise £3 million a year.
“Lottery income plays a huge part in reaching our target,” he added. “We’re so excited to work with Local Hospice Lottery and help ensure the future of the hospice for years to come.
“By playing the lottery in support of Rotherham Hospice, you could win some amazing prizes too.”
Over-18s can sign up at www.localhospicelottery.org and play for £5 a month. There are 201 cash prizes each week, with a guaranteed £2,000 and a rollover which could reach £25,000, down to 190 tenners.
Three “super draws” are held each year, with a £10,000 top prize.
Between 60 and 80 per cent of profits from players here will go to Rotherham Hospice, a big increase on the old lotto as management costs are shared.
Among those welcoming the new set-up was Amanda Challinor, whose husband David (55) died at the hospice after a lengthy brain tumour battle.
Amanda said: “After times that can only be described as ‘endured’, we felt an immediate connection with Joanne, our specialist nurse at Rotherham Hospice.
“David looked forward to all the home visits and thoroughly enjoyed spending a day a week attending the day ward.
“I can’t praise or thank the team that took care of David, highly enough. Everyone we came into contact with was friendly, caring, thoughtful, professional and sensitive.
“I have no doubt in my mind that David got to see his grandson born and christened, his daughter married and his son turn 25, all as a result of the amazing care we had in place.”
Income from the lottery partnership will enable the hospice to continue caring for families like David’s.
The hospice is also looking for paid fundraisers to help promote the draws. Find out more at the same web address as given above.