Hospice lottery is launched

The lottery launch
The lottery launch

STRATHCARRON Hospice in Denny has launched its own weekly lottery, with the aim of raising £500.000 to help fund the wide-ranging care it provides for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

With a first prize of £1500, and a weekly pot totalling £3000, it hopes to recruit up to 10,000 members throughout the Forth Valley and Cumbernauld area.

People are being invited to join for as little as £1 per game a week in what is being described as a “win win” situation – helping ensure the vital work of Strathcarron can continue, while offering the chance of a cash windfall.

The hospice, which has enjoyed an annual visit by Princess Anne for almost 30 years, has only been able to operate over the last three decades because of the generosity of local people and businesses.

Almost £70.000 is needed every week to keep its doors open – money which comes from donations, legacies, fundraising events, payroll contributions, and people supporting the nine hospice shops in the area. This includes the popular charity shop in Cumbernauld Shopping Centre.

Now, faced with ever-rising costs, it has been decided to launch Strathcarron’s own lottery. Aside from the guaranteed main weekly prize, the second prize of £400 can roll over up to £10,000 before it must be won. Members will not have to check their allocated line or lines of numbers as they are automatically notified if they have won.

Chief executive Irene McKie said that the lottery would be key to ensuring that the hospice was able to fulfil its commitment to providing timely, special care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

“Strathcarron touches the lives of so many people in the community and this has been reflected in the huge support we have had since the hospice opened. We are confident that this amazing support will continue for our lottery”, she said.

In addition to its 24 bed in-patient unit Strathcarron has a day care unit providing specialist care for up to 100 patients a week. The hospice also has a team of specialist community nurses, and provides a range of other services, including bereavement counselling for young and old.

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly, an enthusiastic supporter of the hospice said: “I think this is a great way of raising funds for Strathcarron and I will most certainly be signing up for the lottery. The people of Forth Valley are so lucky to have such a wonderful place as Strathcarron Hospice.

Jim Fagan (77), from Cumbernauld, has agreed to be the “Face of Strathcarron” on all the promotional material for the new lottery, which is being widely distributed throughout the Forth Valley and Cumbernauld area. Jim a day care patient at the hospice for the last two years said: ”It has been an ‘absolute privilege’ to be asked to publicise the lottery.

“It’s a very ambitious target, but I think we can achieve it. We need all the funds we can get. To me this is a place of miracles.

“When I first came here I thought that hospices were just for people near the end of their lives but it’s not. Strathcarron has taught me how to live with cancer. The staff, volunteers and other patients are brilliant. They have proved to me that life is for living and laughing – they are my family.”

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