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Over £25,000 raised by our Community Lottery for Guildford Philanthropy

Our Community Lottery has raised over £25,000 for Guildford Philanthropy since its launch in 2018.

Guildford Philanthropy is a charity founded by us and the Community Foundation for Surrey in 2014 to help transform the lives of less fortunate members of the community. When we set up the Guildford Community Lottery, we chose Guildford Philanthropy as the charity to receive 10% of all ticket sales. They have now raised over £25,000 to help vulnerable local residents. 

Director of Service Delivery, Ian Doyle says: "Helping vulnerable residents is at the heart of everything we do as a council. Our Community Lottery has helped Guildford Philanthropy and over 130 good local not-for-profit organisations raise money for projects which benefit the local community. We really value the great work that Guildford Philanthropy does for our communities and our residents. 

"If you are a local not-for-profit organisation, our weekly Lottery can help you raise money. It's all online and easy to set up. You'll get your own fundraising page, online marketing materials and marketing support all for free. Sign up here: www.guildfordlottery.org." 

Guildford Philanthropy has been working throughout the pandemic supporting local charities to help those most in need in our Community; including the provision of hot meals delivered to vulnerable families, laptops to enable online learning and the maintenance of an essential Community Hub supporting local residents.  

Chairman of Guildford Philanthropy, Peter Cluff says: "During the pandemic we have worked with charities like Foodwise TLC, assisting them in the provision of over 30,000 cooked meals for over 300 vulnerable families in the first four months of the outbreak. We've given 13 grants totalling over £141,000, supported a number of local charities and donated 50 laptops to Kings College so their students could continue to learn online at home. 

"Guildford has one of the biggest wealth gaps in England. We have over 2,350 children living in poverty and nearly 6,000 adults without any qualifications. The contributions that we receive from the Guildford Community Lottery go towards helping vulnerable members of the community and providing work experience to help people get jobs." 

"We are hugely indebted to all our donors who have stepped up over the past year and helped us make a difference. In particular I would like to thank local businesses who have become Corporate Ambassadors, and have contributed through their annual donations, mentoring support, advocacy and volunteering opportunities."

One of these Corporate Ambassadors is Unigold 2000 who helped procure the laptops Guildford Philanthropy bought for Kings College. Managing Director, Matt Gaskin, says: "Guildford Philanthropy is a fantastic charity that does so much for the community. We are proud that we have helped provide 50 laptops to students to help with their online learning. Giving back to the local community is really important and we thank Guildford Philanthropy for funding these devices. We recommend that local businesses join us in becoming one of their Corporate Ambassadors. It's also great to see so many fantastic local initiatives, including the Guildford Community Lottery, that help local good causes raise money in an easy way." 

Find out more about how to become one of Guildford Philanthropy's Corporate Ambassadors here: https://guildfordphilanthropy.org.uk/our-supporters/our-corporate-ambassadors/

To sign up to our Community Lottery visit: www.guildfordlottery.org

Published Tuesday 13 April

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