Lottery birthday

The Vale Lottery birthday event

Local good causes and special guest La Voix, semi-finalist of Britain’s Got Talent 2014 and one of the UK’s leading variety performers, joined Aylesbury Vale District Council to celebrate three years of Vale Lottery – the UK’s first online council lottery.

La Voix, who is starring as Mrs Smee in the Christmas pantomime at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre said: ‘This is just a fabulous initiative allowing players to win some amazing prizes while, best of all, supporting local good causes. Having moved from London and now living locally, it’s warming to hear how much has been fundraised, over £200,000, and achieved in the community thanks to Vale Lottery. If you’re thinking of registering your good cause or if you’d just like to support one, do it.’

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 and robots, and a children’s library are just some of the items on which Vale Lottery income has been spent. Aylesbury’s branch of Parkinson’s UK was one of the causes which spoke at the birthday event.

Anne Burroughs, Chair, and Andrew Farrow, a committee member who is living with Parkinson’s, spoke about the work Parkinson’s UK does and how important keeping active is to people living with the condition. Mr Farroweven showed everyone a few moves with a pair of boxing gloves Vale Lottery has allowed them to buy. He said: ‘Being a part of Vale Lottery is a really effective way of fundraising and has allowed us to purchase specialised equipment to help people living with Parkinson’s in Aylesbury Vale. The use of resistance bands and boxing gloves are just some of the examples of how the money raised has given back to the community.’

It is not just delivering benefits for Aylesbury Vale communities – the initiative has now been adopted by more than 50 councils across the country, supporting over 200,000 good causes and is generating a total of £1.5 million a year.

Organisations sign up at Vale Lottery where players can also buy tickets for £1 a week and choose a cause. A total of 60p from every ticket goes directly to local good causes – 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.

Council chairman, Councillor Sue Renshell, said: ‘It’s amazing to be able to share how far Vale Lottery has come and the difference it’s making to so many local charities and good causes. It really is a wonderful way for residents to get involved, and it’s great to see AVDC sharing its success with Vale Lottery by supporting other councils in doing the same for their areas.’

December 7, 2018