HERE'S OUR STORY
On the 31st May 1996, 3000 local people from Hull and East Yorkshire were entered into a weekly draw in support of Dove House Hospice. At this time, Dove House needed a source of regular and sustainable income which allowed the hospice to plan for the future.
Since then the Lottery has grown to include over 20,000 players, raising over £6 million - all of which has gone directly back to patient care. In addition to the weekly draw the Lottery has expanded to give supporters more ways to raise funds whilst also being in with a chance of winning, including Raffles, Scratch Cards, Gift Vouchers and even Lucky In Love wedding favours.
LINDSEy lodge hospice & Healthcare
We started working with neighbouring hospice, Lindsey Lodge Hospice & Healthcare, who became a beneficiary of the Dove House Lottery giving the Lindsey Lodge team the opportunity to offer a weekly draw to their supporters without the costs involved of doing so, as well as accessing the resources and experience of the team at Dove House.
We quickly saw how collaborative working within the charity sector reduces costs for charities and enables more of a donor’s contributions to go directly back to the cause in which they are supporting. We were inspired to start looking in to how we could work with more organisations as we really felt lotteries were a great tool for charities to work together and make a big difference to the community.
YOUR CHARITY LOTTERY
So, in April 2016 the Dove House Hospice Lottery became Your Charity Lottery! This allowed us to further develop beneficiary opportunities and start to work with other hospices, charities and fundraising groups to raise regular and sustainable income, whilst also building on the income we could raise for Dove House Hospice. We really believe that our name, Your Charity Lottery, is exactly what it is - Yours; supporting Your Local Charity, supporting Your Local Community. Fast forward to 2023 and we are still based in Hull, at Dove House Hospice where it all began, but we now work with over 20 partner organisations across the country to raise found for worthy causes in all corners of Great Britain.