Organisers of the East Cheshire Hospice lottery are appealing for new members to raise much-needed funds.
Income has dropped over the last 18 months with door-to-door collections suspended during Covid-19, along with charity shop recruitment.
The lottery generates £324,000 a year which pays for three days of care each week in the Hospice’s Sunflower Centre.
Tickets are still only £1 with a weekly jackpot of £1,000, plus 22 other cash prizes, including a second prize of £200, which can rollover.
Of the £1 entry, 72p goes directly to fund patient care. The lottery has more than 6,000 members and has been going since 1995, raising around £4.5m.
Lottery manager Carol Frain said: “We’d love to get new members but haven’t been able to do any recruitment because of the pandemic.
“We haven’t increased the ticket price and are cheaper than many other lotteries. You don’t just play to win, you’re also giving someone with a life-limiting illness the support they need.”
Some jackpot winners, including a volunteer, have donated winnings to the Hospice which needs to raise at least £7,500 a day to keep going.
Winners are drawn randomly each Friday and results published on the Hospice website and in the Macclesfield Express.
Entry at £4.34 a month can be via direct debit, debit card or cheque. Scratch cards are also available.
* To join visit eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/support/lottery or call 01625 433477 (Ext 2).
Lottery organisers Carol Frain (left) and Celia Stanley.