Gedling Station renovation project scoops £250 from local lotto draw

Gedling Youth and Community Hub won £250 from Gedling Lotto, a free online fundraising tool used by a number of local not-for-profit groups and charities.

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A project set up to transform a former station and youth club building into a future community hub in Gedling has scooped extra cash from a local lottery scheme.

Gedling Youth and Community Hub won £250 from Gedling Lotto, a free online fundraising tool used by a number of local not-for-profit groups and charities.

The money was raised through a special prize draw which began in January, with the winning charity or local organisation being handed the winnings.

Gedling Lotto launched in September 2020 and has raised over £30,000 for the local community. There are currently 37 not-for-profit-organisations using the Lotto, including school PTAs, sports clubs, community projects and charities. 

The good causes using the free fundraising tool benefit from free registration and free use of Gedling Lotto, they also get free support, including a dedicated webpage and marketing materials to help them sell ticket to their supporters. 

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60% from every £1 lottery ticket supports the local community. Local causes receive 50% of every ticket that their supporters purchase, which is more than double the amount of most other lotteries. A further 10% goes to the Gedling Community Fund, to further support local good causes. 

Francis Rodrigues, chair of the Gedling Youth and Community Hub said:  “This win is great news for us. We will use the money to help pay for the extra running costs, as the cost of living crisis is really affecting charities and organisations like ours, it’s not just households and businesses. I think a lot of charities are finding it harder at the moment, especially with the energy costs rise, so this will be a great help to us.

“We have found using the Lotto to be really helpful with raising funds, our ticket sales have been even more effective than we ever hoped.”

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke MBE said: “We are really pleased to award this prize to the fantastic Gedling Youth and Community Hub and hope that it will help towards their running costs and make a difference to the people of Gedling.

“It’s also great to see many local organisations are using the Gedling Lotto to raise funds that will help them with their important work in the community too.” 

Supporting a local good cause through the lottery not only provides them with vital funds, but also gives supporters the chance to win up to £25,000 in a weekly lottery draw. There are also national prizes available. They can simply choose which organisation to support when signing up at www.gedlinglotto.co.uk

Good causes can register to start fundraising for free at www.gedlinglotto.co.uk

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