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Help local groups this Christmas by giving a Community Lottery gift voucher

Montage of groups holding signs that say key words including support and community
Representatives from some of our good causes, clockwise from top left: Open Art Box, Mind in Mid Herts, Early Days Pre-School and The Red Shed - all of which you can choose to support through the North Herts Community Lottery

Racking your brains for Christmas presents this year? Why not give a North Herts Community Lottery gift voucher!

You’ll be giving your loved ones the chance to win a cash prize while also helping to raise money for local charities, community groups, heritage and conservation organisations, schools and youth groups, and sports and leisure clubs – it’s a real win-win!

So far, the North Herts Community Lottery has raised more than £30,000 for local good causes, and over 1,300 people have won something. Prizes have ranged from extra tickets to £250, with other ‘bolt on’ prizes including a MacBook Air, John Lewis and Airbnb vouchers, and a year's subscription to HelloFresh.

Cllr Keith Hoskins, Executive Member for Enterprise and Arts, said: “There’s actually a better chance of winning the North Herts Community Lottery than the National Lottery or Health Lottery with a range of prizes including the jackpot of £25,000. By taking part you’ll also be helping good causes in the district which provide some really important services to local residents.”

From every £1, half (50p) goes directly to local good causes, 20p goes to prizes, 20p goes to our independent lottery management company Gatherwell to administer the lottery, and 10p comes to a general council good causes fund. Gift vouchers start at £5.

Cllr Tamsin Thomas, deputy Executive Member for Enterprise and Arts, added: “Our community lottery really is a win-win for the people of North Herts, giving a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize while 60p of every pound goes to help your local groups and charities.”

Are you involved in a local group which needs extra funds?

We know local groups have been struggling since the pandemic, so if you are involved in a local charity or community group, why not sign up as a good cause? It’s quick and easy to register online and once signed up you will receive 50% of all your ticket sales. 

See how some local groups are benefiting:

Mind in Mid Herts
“In these challenging times with all our costs rising, every penny we can raise directly benefits the people we support. We have seen a 50% increase in the numbers of people we are supporting since 2019 and before the pandemic with little or no increase in funding. Everyone has mental health just as they have physical health and we want people to look after their mental health the same way they consider their diet and exercise for their physical wellbeing.” 

Open Art Box
The regular donations from the lottery help fund our unique service in North Herts for people living with dementia and their carers in our community, including our face-to-face art workshops in Letchworth and our home delivery of art workshop boxes to the most isolated in the area.”

Representatives from Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse holding up a sign saying community
Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse
It's so lovely getting a monthly payment – it means we can help all year round – and it’s very easy to register as a good cause. We have set up a community emergency fund for families who need help quickly due to unexpected circumstances, which has helped pay for unexpected travel to Addenbrookes Hospital, a special hover for a family with a child who has asthma, and carpets and curtains for a family fleeing domestic violence.”

Angels Support Group
“We are an experience-led charity based in Hitchin aiming to make the world a better place for children and young people with autism and/or ADHD, so they can meet their maximum potential in life. Being part of the lottery is easy to set up and maintain and given the odds are better than other lotteries it's a great opportunity for supporters.”

Buy tickets, gift vouchers or register your local group as a good cause: North Herts Community Lottery

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