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Lottery celebrates fourth anniversary with £500 special draw

Date: 6th July, 2014

Penrith’s community lottery marks four years of supporting the local area this month, and one lucky member will take away an anniversary present.

Pride in Penrith Lottery is running a special draw to celebrate its milestone, with a £500 prize to be won. 

“We’ve donated almost £40,000 to local good causes since we began in 2010,” said Rob Udale, who’s been chair of the lottery board since the beginning. “We’ve only been able to do that thanks to the generosity of all the people who’ve joined and supported the lottery over the years and we’ve been able to reward lots of members with prizes from £20 up to £5,000. As we mark our fourth anniversary, I’d like to thank them.”

The lottery’s profits are all donated as grants to organisations and projects that improve Penrith and wider area, from sports clubs and village halls to community events. 

“We accept grant applications all year round, starting from £100, and we’ve given out eight grants already this year, supporting local groups in their work for the benefit of the community,” Rob said. “Our grants have meant that local scouts will have mess tents to expand the activities they can offer young people, a playgroup and school will have better gardens and play equipment, and a village hall can boost its events calendar with a new projector. We’ve also supported a range of events, from Penruddock’s community sports day last weekend and Langwathby’s May Day to Eden Food and Farming Festival and Penrith Remembers.”

It costs £2 a week to be in the lottery, with a chance to win a jackpot of up to £5,000, as well as other special draws throughout the year.

“Looking ahead to the next year, we’re aiming to expand our business memberships, and attract more grant applications from as wide a range of groups as possible,” Rob said. “Any business that would like to support its community while also giving its employees a treat can take out one or more lines in our weekly draws. Any winnings could go towards the Christmas do, or something to improve the working environment for their staff.”

The special draw will take place on Wednesday 23 July, and the winner will be invited to receive their prize at the annual Penrith Show on Saturday 26 July, where the lottery will have a stand.

“There’s time to join and be in with a chance to win the special draw,” Rob said, “and with our weekly jackpot now around £3,500, there’s even more reason to become a member and help our area to thrive.”

There’s more information about joining the lottery and applying for grants at www.prideinpenrith.co.uk or call 07737 049516.