Horsham lottery lands two major winners

Published: 30 May 2022

Lottery winner Amanda and her £250 cheque

Horsham District Community Lottery has announced two new major winners in its weekly draw. Set up and managed by Horsham District Council, the lottery provides a free online platform and marketing support to not-for-profit organisations to help them raise funds for valuable community services.

The lucky winners received £2000 and £250 respectively. Our £250 winner Amanda Jones, who supports Colgate-based Rangers Lodge Wildlife Hospital said:

I chose to support Rangers Lodge Wildlife Hospital as I volunteer there and can witness first-hand what wonderful work they do locally. There is nowhere else quite like this near to us and all the volunteers there really do care about what happens to their patients. I am so pleased that they will also be winners out of this.

I would really recommend that more people sign up for the lottery, it feels great to help a local charity.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters Cllr Liz Kitchen said:

Congratulations to our winners.

Charities have been severely impacted since the pandemic and desperately need to raise more funds, which makes the role of Horsham District Council’s Community Lottery more important than ever.

I am delighted that the lottery has been such a success since its launch and that so many local good causes have benefitted from it, but I would encourage more groups to register as they could be missing out on some valuable funds.

Also I would urge more people to sign up and play the lottery. It only costs £1 a week and you could benefit your favourite chosen charity, and have the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot!

Launched in September 2019, the Lottery raises in the region of £60,000 annually for a wide variety of the District’s voluntary and community groups. It currently achieves around 1900 weekly ticket sales with almost 1000 regular weekly players. Since its launch, some 100 local charities, volunteer groups, community groups and local good causes have registered with the lottery and have benefitted from the considerable funds raised.

How the lottery works

Everyone buying a ticket can choose which registered community group they want to support.  There are many different types of organisations to support, from sports clubs, school associations and amateur dramatic societies, to local environmental groups, community projects and those giving support to the vulnerable members of our community.   

At these difficult times for so many organisations we would still encourage more groups and players to get involved – it’s free to join, easy to sign up and every group has the potential to raise vital funds for their work. We had our first £25,000 jackpot winner recently.

All groups involved are also given marketing support to help them reach out to their supporters in what we know are increasingly challenging times for them.Tickets cost just £1 each, with 60p in each pound going to support local good causes.

The Lottery is run on behalf of Horsham District Council by external provider Gatherwell, which already runs a similar scheme for many other local councils.

Community groups wanting to enrol and those wanting to buy tickets should visit www.horshamdistrictcommunitylottery.co.uk or call 01403 434010.