Local Hospice Lottery began life in 1996 as Farleigh Hospice’s own lottery – a way of generating a regular and reliable income to help fund the care of people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses across mid Essex. After eleven years of running the weekly draw, the decision was made to develop the Lottery for the benefit of hospice care in other areas across Great Britain.
Today, Local Hospice Lottery operates a society lottery that benefits numerous individual hospices, from the Highlands of Scotland to the South Coast of England, and remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Farleigh Hospice.
Through sharing one prize fund, one lottery system and one experienced and knowledgeable team – lots of expenditure can be saved and our partner hospices can enjoy a low risk, low input way of increasing their income. Our model of operation is based around partner hospices receiving more income from every £1 spent by players entering the draw in support of them, than they would if they ran their own lottery. All profits are donated to hospice care and Local Hospice Lottery gives between 50% and 80% of profits to its partner hospices. In 2020 for each £1 entry in the weekly draw Local Hospice Lottery gave an average of 68p to hospice care.
Our ever increasing annual contribution to hospice care is significant and has been widely recognised by external bodies such as The Lotteries Council who named Local Hospice Lottery as ‘Lottery Operator of the Year’ in April 2018 and the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care which described us as “A shining example of hospice collaboration.” We were also a finalist for the 2017 Third Sector ‘Enterprise’ Award, a finalist in the 2017 Scottish Institute of Fundraising Awards in the ‘Best Individual Giving Campaign’ category, and were shortlisted for a 2017 Institute of Fundraising Award in the ‘Most Committed Company to the Sector’ Category.