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Essex Lottery welcomes first local charity

29 September 2017

Local Essex charity, Support 4 Sight, has become the first good cause to successfully register to be part of The Essex Lottery and is set to benefit from what will be the largest Council-run lottery in the country.  The charity runs services for over 4,000 blind and partially sighted children and adults across Essex to help them be active and manage their daily needs. 

Over forty local charities and community projects across Essex have now registered and been approved for The Essex Lottery ahead of the official launch next month. There is no cost to the charities, projects and groups who take part and support will be given to help all the good causes raise awareness of their fundraising campaigns among their supporter groups. 

Graham Hawkes, Services Coordinator at Support 4 Sight, said: “We were delighted to hear about the new Essex Lottery and to register as one of the good causes people can support when they buy their lottery tickets. We provide emotional support, equipment, training and regular social meet ups for people living with sight loss and their families and the additional funds we raise through the Essex Lottery will enable us to deliver more support.” 

Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, added: “The Essex Lottery is all about raising money within the community for the community. Support 4 Sight was the first charity to register as one of the good causes that lottery players will be able to support and we would love to hear from more local charities, groups and projects across the county.” 

Lottery players will be able to select the cause they wish to support from those registered on the website and 50p of the £1 ticket price will go direct to that cause. A further 10p in every pound will be donated to a central Essex Lottery fund, which will be distributed as small grants to a wide range of good cause projects which apply for support. If a player does not select a charity or good cause, 60p in the £1 will be donated directly to the central Essex Lottery fund. 

Good causes need to be based in Essex and provide a service which directly benefits Essex residents. Registering is free and easy to complete, with no administration charge. To register see www.essexlottery.co.uk. Alternatively, email essex.lottery@essex.gov.uk  or call 0300 302 32 32. 

Support 4 Sight has a resource centre in Saffron Walden and runs outreach services in Braintree, Chelmsford, Harlow, Great Dunmow and other areas. See www.support4sight.org.uk