A special draw of the Pride in Penrith Lottery took place on the 24th July, to celebrate the organisation’s 3rd year anniversary, with a cheque for £500 presented to a lucky winner at the Penrith Show.
The Pride in Penrith Lottery was set up in July 2010, with the objective of improving the town, ensuring local events continue to take place, helping local good causes and ensuring the community spirit of Penrith remains as it faces changes. The Lottery gives local people the opportunity to contribute to the town’s well being, as all the money they place on the Lottery goes back into the community…as well as making some people that little bit wealthier!
As well as the main draw which takes place each Wednesday, the Lottery holds special draws regularly to mark special occasions or events. As a celebration of their third year anniversary the board of trustees decided this was a good opportunity to give away some more money to a lucky winner. The winner drawn on this occasion was Vanda Shields who runs ladies clothes shop ‘Tillys’ in Penrith. Vanda was presented with a cheque for £500 at Penrith Show, where the lottery had a stand on the day.
Vanda has been a member of the Pride in Penrith Lottery since day 1, with her membership number actually being No.5. Without loyal members like Vanda, the Pride in Penrith Lottery would not function and the thousands of pounds, which are raised for local good causes each year, would not happen.
Vanda was delighted to win the prize “I never win anything” she commented to organisers as she decides what to spend her winnings on.
Lisa Coates, Marketing Consultant for the Lottery comments “We give away so much money to local good causes and winners, but it was really nice to give some winnings to someone who has supported the lottery since day 1. She was so surprised to have won, but was more pleased about all the projects her contribution to the lottery has made over the past 3 years”
Since it began, the Pride in Penrith Lottery has given over £35,000 in funding to local good causes, projects and events in and around Penrith. The trustees of the Lottery, who are all volunteers, urge more people to come forward to apply for funding as there is still over £30,000 in the bank waiting to be awarded. The Lottery is also urging more people to join up to support the lottery to ensure it continues to flourish. The Pride in Penrith Lottery was invited to the Houses of Parliament earlier this year to tell MPs more about the project and it was highlighted as a shining example as what can be done in small towns to help them prosper. It is not all about putting money into the lottery though, as the Lottery has many winners each week with over £20,000 of prize winnings being given out over the past three years.
Chairman, Rob Udale comments, “Not only do we do great things for the local community; but people forget that they can win lots of money in the Pride in Penrith Lottery. The odds are better than winning the national lottery, the prizes may not be as big, but members can win up to £5,000. At Penrith show we had 9 winners on our scratch cards and our jackpot currently stands at £3,300!”
It is really easy to join the Pride in Penrith Lottery. People can visit the Lottery website and sign up online, or fill out one of the forms which can be found in local shops and through the sales agents (Maggie’s Bakery, The Wine House of Penrith, Booths, Angel Lane Chippy, Sandgate Friary and Town Head Chip shop.)
The Pride in Penrith Lottery is a not-for-profit organisation and is run by volunteers from the town who are all passionate about making a difference to the local area and raising money for local initiatives.