Leukaemia Care had reason to celebrate this month as their latest donation from proceeds raised by the Goalden Gate Superdraw meant they had smashed through the £50,000 fundraising milestone.
The blood cancer charity have been working with MSA Ltd for a number of years now and have formed a close bond which has seen at one point around 800 members playing weekly for the good cause.
Claire Merritt, Community Fundraising Officer for Leukaemia Care, said “A huge thank you to the Goalden Gate team and all our supporters who play the lottery, for raising £50,000 since the partnership began in 2016. Your loyalty and support is helping patients and their families to live better with blood cancer. Thank you.”
If you wan to find out more about the fantastic work that Leukaemia Care do then please check out their website at https://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/
Age Concern Birmingham have been working with MSA Ltd as their lottery provider for a number of years now and the scheme has gone from strength to strength.
Dawn McCarthy, Commercial & Administration Operations Manager, said “This year has seen a number of Age Concern Birmingham winners and it has been a pleasure contacting people to let them know. The scheme has also reached a fantastic milestone this year with 750 members now playing the Superdraw to support Age Concern Birmingham.”
Kevin Kay, MSA Promotions Manager said “MSA Ltd and Age Concern Birmingham have been working together for a number of years now and in this time we have managed to raise an incredible £42,000 towards the aims of the charity to combat social isolation in the elderly community of Birmingham. This is a fantastic amount of money that has been raised but we look forward to pushing on and attempting to hit new milestones along the way.”
The Lotteries Council have today welcomed a record year of fundraising by charity lotteries as the Gambling Commission published their annual statistics showing that the sector raised £333.22 million in the year to March 2019, up £32.95 million on the previous year.
The Council also welcomed that National Lottery sales grew by £271.6 million over the year, but expressed disappointment that the National Lottery funds to good causes have decreased because they have returned a low percentage return to good causes – 20.6%. This compares to 45.1% from charity lotteries.
Welcoming the record year of fundraising Lotteries Council Chair, Tony Vick, praised players of charity lotteries for helping raise a record amount and said that the growth in sales of both charity lotteries and the National Lottery showed that the two types of lottery are growing together. The Lotteries Council, which is made up over 400 charity lottery organisations across Great Britain, has been encouraging the UK Government to increase the outdated fundraising limits which charity lotteries operate under, in order to further reduce administration costs and excess bureaucracy, and raise even more for good causes.
Over this period Midland Sporting Association were able to raise over an incredible £570,000 for good causes around the Midlands and other areas of the country.