It was a raffle like no other that had supporters happier than ever and that raised an amazing £26,276 for Cornwall Hospice Care this summer. Instead of mailing supporters with books of raffle tickets, the Cornish charity asked supporters to buy up to 20 numbers to raise £20 each, which is what it costs to fund a Cornwall Hospice Care nurse for an hour.
Sarah Vincent, Lottery Manager said; “We had a fantastic response to our first ticket-less draw and our supporters have definitely embraced the new style of raffle. It meant we were able to the cut costs of ticket printing, as well as saving our supporters the job of sticking labels onto stubs which can get a bit, well sticky!
Our nursing staff are at the heart of the care we provide. £20 funds a Cornwall Hospice Care nurse for an hour. By taking part in our Summer Raffle, supporters have helped us to continue providing the specialist care we offer to terminally ill patients and their families, carers and friends. It makes a real difference and we are very thankful to our summer draw supporters.”
Sarah also spoke of the winners; “Mrs Julia Arthur from St Austell was shocked to hear she’d won our first prize of £2,000 and although she didn’t feel she was able to meet up with us, she won’t mind me telling you she is 87 years old and soon to be 88 and was delighted, once the shock had worn off, to be our winner.
The £500 second prize winner was Mrs Silva Shield from Redruth who when we met up with to give her winnings in person, offered her congratulations to the Fundraising Team and said she was happy to have won and even happier that we’ve raised such an amazing amount. Ms Wyatt Smith from Penzance won the third prize of £250 and said wow, fantastic and thank you!.”
There were also 10 prizes of £25 won, one of which was donated back to the charity from Mrs Bunt of Penzance who said; “I am delighted to be one of your prize winners and equally delighted to return it to you.”
Mrs McCartney from Bodmin also donated her £25 prize back saying she was more than happy to give the prize back as Cornwall Hospice Care had cared for both her Mother and Mother-in-Law.