Earl Spencer signs up for lottery aiming to raise £500,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice

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Earl Spencer has become the first person to sign up to a weekly lottery draw, which is set to raise vital funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

The hospice has teamed up with Your Hospice Lottery to bring its supporters the opportunity to support patients and their families who are living with life limiting illnesses in Northampton and south Northamptonshire – as well as giving lottery members the exciting chance to win cash prizes.

Although mainly funded by the NHS, the hospice needs to raise an extra £704,000 this year through charitable donations and fundraising activities to help maintain the quality of its services. It is hoped Your Hospice Lottery will raise in excess of £500,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice over the next five years.

Earl Spencer, who is Patron of Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity, said: “The continued generosity of local people never fails to amaze me. They tirelessly raise funds for the Hospice so that it can continue to provide first class care, free of charge, to our community. They also make life a little easier for patients and their families. The Hospice’s wonderful supporters will be providing an invaluable, regular, income through the weekly fundraising lottery draw, which will help with the planning of patient services. I am delighted to help by joining in too.”

As well as fundraising for the Hospice, every week members of Your Hospice Lottery stand a chance of winning a top prize of £1,000, a £100 prize, four prizes of £25 and 80 prizes of £10 – that’s an opportunity to win 4,472 guaranteed prizes a year. There is also a £250 prize which could rollover each week up to a maximum of £10,000.

Your Hospice Lottery is administered by St Helena Hospice in Colchester and also raises funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridgeshire, The J’s Hospice for young adults in Essex, Salisbury Hospice Charity in Wiltshire – but members specify which hospice they are playing in support of.

By the hospices working together in this way rather than setting up their own lotteries, overheads and costs are kept to a minimum so more funds can be used to support patients and their families.

It costs just £1 per number per week to become a member of Your Hospice Lottery. Joining in is easy; visit www.yourhospicelottery.org.uk to pay by direct debit online. Alternatively, to pay by cheque, debit card or credit card, please telephone 0800 285 1390. Players must be 16 or over.

Visit www.yourhospicelottery.org.uk for more information about Your Hospice Lottery and for full terms and conditions.