New Pound Coin, New Opportunities

Published 10 April 2017

Members and volunteers from Sight Support Derbyshire's Derby Social Group with a cheque which could be yours if you sign up to the charity's lottery!

Following the launch of the new £1 coin, a local sight loss charity is reminding the public how just £1 a week can make a huge difference to the lives of blind and visually impaired people in the county.

By signing up to Sight Support Derbyshire’s lottery, players could be in with the chance of winning the weekly jackpot of £25,000.

And with 50p in every pound going to help the charity’s services, blind and partially sighted children and adults all over Derbyshire will benefit too.

Sports and Leisure is just one area of the charity’s work where money raised through the lottery could improve opportunities for people with a visual impairment. Social groups, and sporting activities such as swimming and bowling, offer vital social interaction.

Service leader Laura Bennett said: “Losing your sight can put someone at risk of becoming isolated. Not only do our group members get the chance to build their confidence through trying different activities, they also support each other by getting the chance to meet people who are going through a similar experience.”

Everyone who joins the lottery is giving their own personal, six-digit number. Every Saturday a random number is drawn. If 3, 4 or 5 digits are the same, the player wins £5, £25, or £1,000.

If all six digits match, the player wins £25,000 and the charity receives an additional £2,500 jackpot.

Fundraising Manager Lynda Raven added: “The launch of the new £1 coin made us think about what you can buy for £1 these days, and it’s not a great deal. By playing the Sight Support Lottery you’ll have the feelgood factor of knowing that half of that goes straight to supporting local visually impaired people, and you’ll have the chance of winning a great cash prize. The more people who play, the more money we raise.”

For more information, contact fundraising@sightsupportderbyshire.org.uk or call 01332 287027. Sight Support Derbyshire’s lottery is run by Unity Lottery, which specialises in charity lotteries. The remaining 50p of each £1 spent goes towards the prize pot and administration costs.

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