Lottery birthday

Local good causes and special guest BBC Three Counties Radio and Waterside Theatre pantomime star, Andy Collins, joined Aylesbury Vale District Council to celebrate four years of Vale Lottery – the UK’s first online council lottery.

Andy (pictured) said: ‘Vale Lottery is a brilliant initiative raising significant amounts of money for local good causes. Players are in with the chance to win some amazing prizes including the £25,000 jackpot – now that would
make a cracking Christmas present.’

He is is starring as cheeky chap ‘Louis Pot et Pan’ in Beauty and The Beast at the theatre. One of the prizes for the special birthday prize draw is four VIP tickets for the show.

Andy added: ‘As a local myself I am impressed by how much has been achieved in the community thanks to Vale Lottery. A fantastic £296,313 has already been raised, and with your help we can reach £300,000 by the end of the year.

‘With just one week left to get your tickets for Vale Lottery’s birthday prize draw, there’s never been a better time to start supporting a good cause.’

Vale Lottery was launched by the council in 2015 in response to central government cuts and has seen more than 200 causes – including over 50 schools – joining up to raise much-needed funds.

Specialised sports equipment, school computers, robots and a children’s library are just some of the items on which Vale Lottery income has been spent.

Medical Detection Dogs was one of the good causes which was represented at the birthday event.
Cash raised through the Vale Lottery for the charity is invested in the training of both Bio Detection Dogs and Medical Alert Assistance Dogs – which detect life-threatening diseases such as cancer and
Parkinson’s and warn people about their complex health conditions – diabetes, for example.

Carolyn Green, the charity’s community fundraiser, said: ‘Being a part of
Vale Lottery has been a very successful way of fundraising for us; since we signed up we have raised over £10,000.

‘Each Medical Alert Assistance Dog costs £29,000 to train and place and we rely solely on donations, so the money raised through Vale Lottery is a vital income for us.’

The initiative has now been adopted by more than 60 local authorities nationwide, supporting over 5,000 good causes and generating a total of over £3 million annually.

Organisations sign up at where players can also buy tickets for £1 a week and choose their cause. A total of 60p from every ticket goes directly to local good causes – that’s more than double the amount donated per pound by the National Lottery, which gives 28p.

Alongside prizes in the special draws and smaller cash prizes, players also have the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot every week.