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VCS and charity groups in Redditch are being encouraged to sign up as lottery good causes to help boost their funds in these uncertain times.

Any voluntary community sector groups, charities or organisations can apply to benefit from the Redditch Community Lottery, which was launched last December, and offers another avenue for extra funding.

Good Causes could include anything from animal charities to disability groups, health charities, local scout groups, parent teacher groups and more. Whilst there are some eligibility criteria, most groups will qualify to be a good cause, but it is up to the groups to put themselves forward.

Ann Dallison, Voluntary Community Sector Grants Coordinator for Redditch Borough Council, said: “Signing up to be a good cause is absolutely free, raises your profile among the Redditch community and is obviously a fantastic opportunity to raise funds. Our lottery providers will also help you with marketing and provide you with your own customisable webpage on the lottery website. It’s so easy – as a good cause you’ve got nothing to lose! Plus you can play too, give back to other local groups and be in with a chance of winning the £25k jackpot!”

The lottery and its prizes are a way of putting the fun in fundraising, with the real winners being the good causes. From every £1 ticket sold 60p will go to good causes in Redditch Borough. To put this in perspective when you play the National Lottery 25% goes to good causes so it’s more than double the ticket percentage that goes to good causes and better odds of winning.

VCS and charity organisations can nominate themselves, for free, to be added to a list of good causes. Players can then choose which good cause gets 50p of the 60p with the remaining 10p distributed to other good causes through the Redditch Community Fund pot.

RCL players can also benefit from buying a ticket with a £25k jackpot up for grabs as well as smaller prizes such as £250 cash, £25 cash or extra tickets. Players can also bag additional prizes at the moment with a £500 Forest Holidays “Staycation” voucher up for grabs just by buying a ticket before 31st October (£400 cash equivalent also available).

Councillor Matt Dormer, Leader of the Council, said: “The Pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another and the future is unclear. You may have lost valuable fundraising opportunities or your group may not need a huge amount of funding to make a difference, so signing up to be a good cause could be just the ticket, providing that extra support during these uncertain times. I hope that charities and voluntary community sector organisations take advantage of the lottery and the benefits that come with it. And with the extra prizes currently on offer, it’s a win-win opportunity whether you’re a player or a good cause.”

To find out more about the Lottery, email RedditchCommunityLottery@redditchbc.gov.uk or call Ann Dallison on 01527 534136.

More information about how to buy tickets, winners, good causes and how to sign up to the Redditch Community Lottery is also available at www.redditchcommunitylottery.co.uk.