Tickets for a giant online raffle – the first of its kind locally – will soon be available and businesses are being urged to show their support.
Called Raffle 31, the fund-raising project is being led by Grantham businessman David Charles in aid of the Grantham Carnival and Events Group and the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund.
Raffle 31 will launch to the public at St George on the Green (April 24), one of three community events organised by the events group.
But in the meantime, David is working on signing local businesses up to the scheme. They are asked to pledge a prize to build up an enticing array of items to be won.
In a plea to the business community, David said: “We need your pledges for vouchers, prizes and sponsorship.
“If you give a prize or voucher, or sponsor a prize, and by directing your customers, friends and family to buy a raffle ticket online you could win a week’s stay in a villa in Spain.
“We will publicise your business on the website – you can have a picture and all your details displayed and you will also get a mention in the Journal.
“But most importantly, you can feel smug about helping two great causes.”
These causes – the events group and Children’s Fund – exist for the Grantham community.
Made up entirely of volunteers, the not-for-profit events group organises the two-day Grantham Carnival and parade, plus the St George and Christmas on the Green fun days. Raffle 31 is so called because it has been 31 years since the committee was formed.
Meanwhile, the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund is a registered charity which gives financial support to families with a disabled child, on top of organising annual treats.
Although predominantly an online raffle, paper tickets will be available to buy. Tickets are £2 each and the top prize is already secured – £1,000 worth of holiday vouchers thanks to Roma Travel with sponsorship from Jeff Dixon Plumbing.
For more information, or to make a pledge, go to www.raffle31.co.uk