Twenty seven organisations and charities in Wyre Forest will be the first to benefit from the new Wyre Forest Community Lottery.

The 27 groups are the first to be officially approved as lottery “good causes” and will be able to start earning vital income from weekly cash draws starting at the end of November.

Tickets for the new Wyre Forest Community Lottery go on sale to the general public from Tuesday 20 October and people buying tickets will be able to choose where 50% of the cost of their ticket will go. (See below for the full list of groups approved so far).

The first draw will take place on Saturday 28 November with a weekly jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes being £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.

Tickets will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes, compared with just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery, available to buy from Tuesday at https://www.wyreforestcommunitylottery.co.uk/

The official good causes will be able to set up their own page within the Wyre Forest Community Lottery website and receive 50p in every pound spent by players who select them. Another 10p in every pound will go into a general good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.

Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the lottery with 60p of their ticket price going into a central good causes fund, which will be distributed by the council.

Wyre Forest District Council has appointed an established operator which works with other councils across the country to manage the lottery and will not receive any money from the scheme.

Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection Councillor Helen Dyke said: “I’m delighted that so many local groups have successfully met the criteria and will be able to benefit from this exciting new venture right from the start.

“We are currently considering applications from another 11 organisations and the message is that other groups can apply and come on board at any time – there is no deadline.

“I am in no doubt that the community lottery will create an extremely useful new income stream for smaller charities and groups in particular, who have been hit this year by the pandemic which has stopped a lot of the more traditional ways of fund raising.”

More information on how to apply to become a good cause is available at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/LotteryLaunch

Other councils running local lotteries include Worcester City, Telford and Wrekin and South Staffs.

 

List of good causes approved so far:

 

Wyre Forest Dial-a-Ride

HUGS

Forest Dog Rescue

H.E.L.P

Bewdley Cricket Club

Active Youth Outreach Services

Offmore Primary School

The Odell Trust

1st Franche Brownies

1st WF Sea Scouts

SociABLEs HUB and C.R.E.W.S.

Wribbenhall Parish Room

The Wyre Forest Society

16th WF (St Michael’s) Scout Group

Kidderminster Lions FC

The Pickup Artists

Community Transport Ltd

Wyre Forest Food Bank

6th Stourport Brownies

15th WF (Habberley) Scout Group

Friends of Heronswood

9th WF (Spennells) Scout Group

Home-Start Wyre Forest

Mentor Link

Wyre Forest Nightstop and Mediation

Kidderminster Cricket Club

Churchill Forge Trust Ltd