July has been another very busy month at Your Charity Lottery!
We’ve welcomed yet another friendly face into the team - John Oliver, our new Community Lottery Assistant. John says he’s looking forward to planning fun new ways to promote Dove House Hospice, and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with! You can get to know him better in our quick-fire Q&A blog post.
Whilst we’ve been celebrating our new team member, YCL beneficiary, Lindsey Lodge Hospice, have been honouring their 25th anniversary in the best way possible - with a very large cake! The hospice was officially opened by the Duchess of Norfolk in 1992, and has provided a caring haven for those suffering from life-limiting illnesses in North Lincolnshire ever since. This year also marks 10 years since Her Majesty the Queen opened the In-Patient Unit in 2002 - how’s that for a Royal affair?
The second week in July saw a jackpot winner for a YCL player supporting Health Stars, who work in partnership with the Humber NHS Foundation Trust to enhance community and mental health services provided in the area. Congratulations to the lucky winner!
We welcomed BBC Look North reporter, Jill Archbold, to Dove House, who spent the day with us learning about our services and talking with our patients and some staff members who have worked at the hospice for 25 years. You may have seen the piece on Look North which also covered the moving of the 700 handmade cast-iron flowers from Dove House to the stunning grounds of Burton Constable Hall.
Each flower was bought through donations and the leaves engraved with the name of a loved one, in their memory. The flowers will be on display until Monday 11th September. You can still make a donation to receive your very own sunflower here.
The YCL Community Lottery Assistants are now in full flow, attending events such as the Driffield Show, Craft Fairs, and Scarecrow Festivals. This will help raise awareness of the hospice and its weekly lottery, thus raising much-needed funds through the sale of Lottery tickets and scratchcards. The team will continue to be busy in the local community throughout the summer. You can read more about their activities and where you might find them here.
Speaking of summer, the Summer Draw came to a close on 28th July. There’s a blog post about the lucky winners of the £3,000 jackpot prize and the second prize of £250 coming very soon! We’d like to say a sincere thank you to every person who bought or sold tickets - over £22,000 was raised, with all proceeds from the sale of Summer Draw tickets going towards providing the best end of life care for those in your area living with a life-limiting illness.
If you missed out on the Summer Draw, don’t fret - there’s still time to get involved with our ‘Provide a Nurse’ campaign. Launched last month with a horde of celebrity supporters, the campaign aims to increase the money raised through the lottery in order to cover the equivalent cost of 4 nurses for a year.
To do this, we’ve been inviting people in Hull and the East Riding to sign up to play the lottery, or for those who already play, increase their entries into the Lottery. We worked out that to achieve our target, we’d need 1,840 people to sign up. So far, 146 people have signed up, so we still need your help! Sign up here.
I would like to thank all players for the difference you are making locally and wish you all an enjoyable summer.
I wonder what August will hold in store for the Lottery team?