Good causes from across North Devon are joining the North Devon Community Lottery to raise vital funds for their organisations.
More than 20 good causes have already signed up to raise funds with the lottery following a sold out launch event at Barnstaple Library on 24 January.
Attendees were able to get an insight into how the lottery works, as well as the chance to sign up, and organisations ranging from charities to activity clubs have already taken up the offer to boost their fundraising through the lottery.
There's still time for good causes to sign up before tickets go on sale on 20 February, and there's no limit on the number of causes that can join. Each good cause will be given its own page on the website to direct their supporters to and will receive 50p of every £1 ticket they sell, with a further 10p going into a central fund that will be distributed to good causes. The other 40p goes towards prize money and running costs.
North Devon Council has appointed leading lottery management company Gatherwell to operate the lottery.
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Ian Roome, says: "We have established the North Devon Community Lottery so our local good causes can raise essential funds, so it is amazing to see so many good causes getting on board to raise funds with the lottery, and to see so many people from different charities, groups and organisations at our launch event.
"We want as many of our hard-working local good causes as possible to benefit from the North Devon Community Lottery and the support of its players when tickets go on sale later this month. It's easy to sign up and is completely free - so visit the website and come and be a part of it."
Soroptimist International Barnstaple and District's Irene Hockin says: "We signed up to fundraise with the North Devon Community Lottery because it will allow us to raise money online all year round and enable us to purchase and put together anti-spiking kits which will be distributed to licensed premises around northern Devon. We're excited to give our supporters a fun way to boost our fundraising and a chance to win cash prizes while supporting our work.”
Good causes can find out more and sign up to join the North Devon Community Lottery via the website, www.northdevoncommunitylottery.co.uk. Causes can also find out more about the lottery by watching the launch event, which can be viewed on the council's YouTube channel.
Tickets for the North Devon Community Lottery go on sale on the lottery website from 20 February 2024.