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Grantham special school given boost by district lottery

New play and gym equipment is in the pipeline for special needs children in Grantham, helped by LotterySK – this week throwing up another big £2,000 winner.

Friends of Sandon and Ambergate (FOSA) signed up to the South Kesteven District Council-run Lottery when it launched in September. One of its ticket holders even scooped the lottery's first £25,000 payout.

Now the charity, providing extra curricular funding for pupils of Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College), is set to raise more than £3,000 this year thanks to its lottery ticket holders.

FOSA Chair Katie Bennington and Ambergate pupils at the outside the play area. (5913250)
FOSA Chair Katie Bennington and Ambergate pupils at the outside the play area. (5913250)

FOSA chairman Katie Bennington said: "When I first heard about LotterySK I thought it was a no-brainer. We just had to join in. Some of our parents cannot get to normal fund-raising events, so buying a lottery ticket is an easy way to help us and could them win some money.

“We fund things like play and gym equipment, class trips, repair of the outdoor classroom and contributions towards a hydro therapy pool and sensory garden at Sandon School.

"I would urge any group or organisation to register,” said Katie, who uses social media and every chance to encourage people to buy FOSA tickets. “There is no work involved and no outlay, it's really easy."

Lottery SK is on course to raise £68,983 in its first year for community good causes. Coun Kelham Cooke, SKDC’s Deputy Leader, said: "I am absolutely delighted to see real evidence of the lottery working. It's great to see how the efforts of people like Katie and FOSA translate into visible benefits and that’s a terrific incentive for other groups to sign up and follow their amazing example.”

Sixty per cent of every weekly £1 lottery ticket goes to good causes working within South Kesteven, either to a nominated cause or into the council-backed Community Fund.Every ticket has a one in 50 chance to win, with a top prize of £25,000.

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