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Allotment holder Jim harvests a £250 win

24/04/2019

The 32nd draw of the Gosport Community Lottery last week saw another £250 winner.

Jim More, who supports and volunteers with the Gosport Allotment Holders and Gardeners Association, was the delighted recipient. Jim said:

“I’m so pleased to have won the £250 prize! The Gosport Community Lottery is filling a funding gap for local organisations and we’re really happy with the sup-port we have received so far, although could always do with more.

“The lottery has provided us with financial footing for our project, which we hope to launch soon.

“Gosport Allotment Holders and Gardeners Association is an active and thriving organisation that provides services to our members through our trading huts on allotment sites, educational talks by specialised speakers and arranging two open shows every year and a plant sale. We want to provide an innovative new service to inspire the next generations of people who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

“We want to help people who have limited or no growing experience with organised training for a growing season on specially created mini-plots at allotment sites.

“We are fundraising to set up the training plots and the shared training shed and shared greenhouse to start growing and propagating. We also need to create training materials and provide the trainers (some volunteer, some professional) to deliver the training.

“Ultimately, we want to do this on each of the larger allotment sites in the borough and we will trial on a single site in the first year and the council have agreed to support us with allocation of plots to achieve this.”

To support Growing in Gosport or another good cause, or to find out about fundraising for your organisation visit www.gosportcommunitylottery.org.uk.

The Gosport Community Lottery is managed by Gosport Voluntary Action and Gatherwell Ltd (External Lottery Manager) and supported by Gosport Borough Council. It was set up to support community projects in the area, and operates on the principle of raising money within the com-munity, for the community. Tickets cost just £1 each and deliver 60 per cent back to local good causes, in comparison to just 28 per cent contributed by the National Lottery. The remaining 40 per cent goes back into the prize fund and pays for the running costs. To date, the lottery has paid £13,704 to Gosport good causes and is set to raise £42,525 annually.

The lottery regularly has special prize draws, where goods or experiences are donated by local businesses and can be won in addition to cash and ticket prizes. If your business would like to support the lottery and in exchange receive social media promotion and bespoke flyers provided to all good causes, please contact Lisa Powell, lottery@gva.org.uk or 02392 583836

Published in The Globe 21 April 2019

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