Getting to know : Age Concern Birmingham

For the last 5 years now MSA Ltd has worked hard to grow an extra revenue stream for Age Concern Birmingham through the Goalden Gate Superdraw. In this time we have managed to sign up over 1,000 new members and donated over £55,000 to the good causes of Age Concern Birmingham.

Through the services they offer, such as the befriending telephone service, Age Concern Birmingham aim to enrich the lives of older people in and around Birmingham. The great work they do in the community and the comprehensive list of services they offer, led by Becky Bews and her amazingly skilled staff, make a real positive difference. MSA Ltd are so proud to work alongside a charity that does so much to help add value to the lives of older people by offering these fantastic services which help promote wellbeing and independence.

Age Concern Birmingham are based on Boldmere High Street and that is where you can find their Communitea Cafe – I personally recommend the bacon rolls!

During lockdown, Age Concern Birmingham set up a COVID-19 support line which has been inundated with a range of issues facing people at this unprecedented time, and to be able to offer those struggling with loss was a nice way of helping and supporting people at a time when they need it the most.

Everyone at MSA Ltd looks forward to working continuously with Age Concern Birmingham to help them fund the great services they offer to the public.

Blues continue great support for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Over the last decade Birmingham City Football Club and Midland Sporting Association Ltd have been working together to help raise funds through the Goalden Gate Superdraw to help support the club’s Community Trust. In that time though, Birmingham City also decided to donate £100 of the money raised each month to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the overall donation now totals an amazing £17,500!

Helen Rawnsley, Fundraising Team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital said “Each and every day we are overwhelmed by the kindnes of our incredible supporters just like Birmingham City FC. Birmingham Children’s Hospital cares for thousands of children and their families each year, and it is only thanks to donations like these that we can continue to do more for sick kids.”

Helen continued ” Your Goalden Gate Superdraw ticket sales have helped to not only raise awareness about Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity but also raise vital funds.”

Birmingham City’s Community Trust which also benefits from the Goalden Gate Superdraw helps support the development of young people and to inspire and increase aspiration in the local community. Recognising the potential in all young people Birmingham City strive to provide excellent services that promote community cohesiveness and allow people to shine at every level.

Positive 2019 for Beacon Centre

2019 was a positive year for MSA Ltd and Beacon Centre for the Blind as together we managed to raise over an incredible £9,200 to help support people affected with sight loss in the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.

As well as raising a fantastic sum of money we were able to increase Goalden Gate Superdraw membership by 2% compared to the start of the year by adding 100 new members throughout the year. Overall Beacon Centre for the Blind has managed to raise over £171,000 through the lottery scheme and we hope that more is yet to come.

Beacon Centre are a fantastic charity who have been around since 1875 and continually help people living with vision impairment by focusing on the ability, not the disability of a person. Beacon represent the local community by running a range of programmes across the Black Country and Staffordshire as well as offering initiatives such as Low Vision Assessments, a Befriending Service, ActivEyes and much more. If you wish to find out more about the Beacon Centre and the good work they do please visit www.BeaconVision.org

Wolves and MSA Ltd Support ‘Heads Up’ Campaign

At the recent FA Cup Third round tie between Wolves and Manchester United both Wolves and MSA Ltd decided to donate money raised through the Goalden Gate Superdraw to support the ‘Heads Up’ campaign coordinated by the Royal Foundation.

As much as £675 was raised on the day through the Goalden Gate Superdraw which is a fantastic amount of money and will go along way to helping support the education of mental health awareness.

The ‘Heads Up’ campaign was set up by the Royal Foundation with the aim to change the conversation on mental health using football as the catalyst and all donations received will be split between the charity partners, Heads Together, Mind, CALM as well as a grassroots pot that will go towards supporting organisations delivering mental health projects within local communities.

It was apt that Wolves and MSA decided to support this campaign for this match as all FA Cup third-round ties were delayed by one minute to encourage every one taking part and watching to think about their mental health wellbeing. In partnership with Every Mind Matters, the Football Association hoped that this would get everyone to consider how they might support their own mental health as well as that of their friends and families.

Successful End to 2019 for Goalden Gate Superdraw

December can generally be a difficult month for Society Lotteries with Christmas looming large and supporters trying to make cut backs in their finances heading into the New Year. MSA Ltd though are proud to announce that over the month of December the Goalden Gate Superdraw managed to raise over £50,000 for good causes which is a fantastic achievement!

A huge thank you has to go out to those who have supported our great causes and to those have helped make the Goalden Gate Superdraw such a success – Happy New Year to you all and lets hope that we can continue delivering large donations to these good causes heading into 2020.

Society Lotteries Raise Record Amount

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.

£25,000 raised for Walsall Manor Hospital through Walsall FC’s Goalden Gate Superdraw

Walsall Football Club presented a cheque of £25,000 to Walsall Manor Hospital at last Saturday’s match against Cheltenham Town to represent the total amount of donations the club has made through the Goalden Gate Lottery.

The lottery has been running for 15 years with proceeds going on to help the football club’s Youth Development as well as Walsall Manor Hospital. Over this period Walsall Fc have generously donated a fantastic £25,000 to the Manor Hospital.

The hospital is using donations towards their fundraising for the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and Fundraising Manager at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Georgie Westley, said: “We really appreciate the donations that have come our way from the Goalden Gate Lottery over the years and want to let Walsall FC supporters know that the money they have raised really does make a difference to our patients in both the hospital and community.”

“Last year we were delighted when a couple of the players came to the official opening of our new sensory room at the Child Development Centre in Shelfield as Goalden Gate donations had been put towards this appeal and they could see for themselves how invaluable this had been in helping us reach our fundraising target.”

Ramsgate FC hit £15k Milestone

In under six years Ramsgate FC, with help from Midland Sporting Association, have managed to raise an incredible £15,000 through the Goalden Gate Superdraw. This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved at the football club as they look to increase membership in the lottery scheme which helps support the Youth Development Structure at the club.

Last month we reported that Ramsgate FC supporter, Paul Gregory, had won the £1,000 jackpot and was presented with his cheque by Ramsgate FC CEO Paul Bowden-Brown.

Ramsgate FC fan scoops £1,000 Goalden Gate Superdraw Jackpot!

Congratulations to Ramsgate FC fan Paul Gregory on winning the top prize of £1,000 in last weeks Goalden Gate Superdraw!

Mr Gregory was presented with his £1,000 cheque by Director and CEO Paul Bowden-Brown at a recent home tie against Guernsey FC.

Ramsgate FC and their supporters have been raising cash through the Goalden Gate Superdraw since 2013 and have so far brought in almost £15,000 to aid the Youth Development at the club.

The Goalden Gate Superdraw is a risk free £1.00 a week fundraising lottery scheme designed to help sporting clubs such as Ramsgate FC, charities and good causes raise much needed funds. All you have to do is promote the Goalden Gate Superdraw to your supporters. Every time one of your supporters sign-up to pay £1.00 a week through the Goalden Gate Superdraw your cause will benefit 45p a week. The supporter will then become a Superdraw member which will give them a chance of winning any of our sixty weekly prizes including the £1,000 Jackpot!

Over £560,000 Raised for Good Causes in the Last 12 Months.

Midland Sporting Association is pleased to announce that over £561,000 was raised for good causes through the Goalden Gate Superdraw from June 2018 to May 2019.

This fantastic achievement included raising as much as £55k for Non-League Football clubs around the country and helping to raise over £46k for local charities such as Age Concern Birmingham and New Cross Hospital Maternity Trust. Football League clubs such as Wolverhampton Wanderers, Yeovil Town and Morecambe amongst others have also benefited through the lottery scheme to help with improve their Youth Development and Community Trusts.

Looking forward, the aim is to improve on this figure and continue to help local sporting clubs, charities and other organisations bring in much needed funds.

If you are a sporting club, charity or simply a good cause that is interested in joining the Goalden Gate Superdraw then please get in contact with Kevin Kay on 01902 658666.