Lottery launched for St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity

LOCAL charity St Wilfrid’s Hospice has launched its own lottery scheme to help raise vital funds.

Following an initial phase of recruitment the charity revealed this week that it already has more than 1,000 players and has undertaken the first draw. An Eastbourne player scooped the first prize in the first draw, with other winners from Herstmonceux, Ninfield and Eastbourne.

Players can win up to £500 as a first prize in the weekly draw, with additional prizes of £100 and a raft of smaller prizes too.

Players can sign up to play for a number of weeks or by standing order, with all profits from the scheme going directly to the hospice and into providing essential care for patients with life limiting conditions and support for their families.

Kara Bishop, chief executive of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, said, “We care for just over 1,000 people and their families each year and with only 15 per cent of our income coming from the NHS we are very reliant on community support.”

The hospice last month started building work on a new 20-bed building on Broadwater Way to meet the increasing demand for its services. For more details about the lottery, see www.stwhospice.org