Your Hospice Lottery
Your Hospice Lottery is run and administered by a dedicated team at St Helena, a hospice charity based in Colchester and in 2011 extended into Cambridgeshire in association with Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in a bid to keep costs down and to increase the amount of funds that can be given back to hospice care. Seven years later, there are now a total of twelve hospices across the country benefitting from this weekly lottery draw.
The lottery has been going from strength to strength, with just under 60,000 plays in the draw every week having raised over £11 million for hospice care since its first draw on 8th June 2001.
The team at Your Hospice Lottery have developed a fantastic model where they can manage the lottery operation for other hospices on a national level, keeping set up and administrative costs to a minimum, so more money can be spent on patient care and all proceeds stay within the hospice world. They are delighted to be able to share their success and experience with hospices that for whatever reason are not able to run their own lottery.
It has been a memorable 12 months for the team with some fantastic achievements; including being the first hospice to take its product outside the hospice sector to work with other charities, helping them to increase their income with the launch of make a smile lottery. Not only does this new lottery bring charities closer together, providing them with a new source of income and an introduction to new supporters, but at the same time generates new income for St Helena to address unmet need for hospice care in North East Essex.
In July 2018 the lottery team were recognised on a national level for their lottery services by winning a National Fundraising Award for Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign. This award recognises the bold move they took to bring their lottery expertise in the hospice sector to the charity sector with their new make a smile lottery to work with local charities to help increase their income and to grow the lottery which provides a much needed sustainable income for St Helena.
More recently, the team became the first hospice partner to turn supplier for the Hospice Quality Partnership giving members access to an exclusive lottery offering, helping hospices benefit from increased income through their current lottery operation. This has sparked lots of interest amongst hospices to become part of your Hospice Lottery’s growing lottery community.
None of this would have been possible without the valued support of loyal players who have contributed to the lottery over the last 17 years.