Weston Hospicecare to stay loyal
PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 October 2011
WESTON Hospicecare is urging supporters of its hospice lottery to stay loyal to it, rather than turning to the new health lottery, launched in the UK last week.
Gill Auden, chief executive at Weston Hospicecare said: “The new health lottery poses a real threat to us. We are worried if people leave the hospice lottery and turn to the new health lottery, it will leave a big hole in our funds.”
The new health lottery promises that 20p out of every pound which is spent will go to help good causes across the UK.
But with over 2,200 players, Weston Hospicecare said its lottery contributes significantly more than this, which helps the hospice to meet its £3million a year running costs.
The Hospice Lotteries Association’s No to the Health Lottery campaign is being supported by Help the Hospices, the national charity for hospice care.
David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, said: “Although hospice care is free for seriously ill people, it is not free to provide. Hospice lotteries raise almost £50million each year and the difference that is made to patients is phenomenal. We urge people to continue playing.”
The lottery costs £1 a week and is drawn every Wednesday. Each lottery member gets their own randomly generated number that goes into the draw every week. For more information call 01934 423923 or visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk