In this weeks’ blog, the make a smile lottery team decided that we should take a trip down memory lane and think back to our successes and where we came from. Now more than ever is the perfect time to take some time out and reflect on some brilliant memories, so we thought we’d share ours with our lovely readers.
Where make a smile lottery began
make a smile lottery began its life in July 2017, with our first charity partner Wessex Heartbeat. Our team based at St Helena in Colchester have over 18 years’ experience administering Your Hospice Lottery. In that time a total of £12 million has been raised for hospice care. make a smile lottery was launched from the same Colchester offices, which supports registered charities. We are delighted to bring our knowledge and expertise of running a lottery to the rest of the charitable sector.
In April 2018, we were recognized on a national level for our lottery services by being shortlisted for a National Fundraising Award in the category for Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign. We were thrilled to find out in the July of 2018, we won the award! Fast forward to October 2019, we increased the prize fund with a higher top weekly prize of £1,000.
Where are we now
We now run a weekly lottery draw in support of local causes, and in April 2020 we increased our prize fund for 50 £10 weekly prizes, a top prize of £1000 as well as a rollover of £10,000. It costs just £1 per week to play and lottery members are making a difference in their local community who benefit from the fantastic causes that our partners support. We are extremely proud to say we support seven incredible local charities and cannot wait to expand even further.
If you would like to find out more information about make a smile lottery or sign up to play, visit our website, or call our team on 0300 303 4500.