NCI (National Coastwatch Institution) Fleetwood have been speaking to Wyre Council to express how grateful they are for the funding they received after signing up as a good cause with Wyre Community Lottery.

The NCI Fleetwood, stationed at Rossall Point is open 365 days a year. Their volunteers watch over vessels out at sea and people using the foreshore and the beach, reporting any incidents to the coastguard. The money received from supporters buying tickets has kept the charity afloat during the pandemic.

David Croall, secretary at NCI Fleetwood said, “We signed up with Wyre Community Lottery when it was first launched and quite frankly it has been a life saver. During the pandemic most of our normal fundraising activities, which make up the majority of our income, have had to stop. The income generated from the lottery has made all the difference.

“We rely entirely on the generosity of local people. We’ve got a lot of expensive equipment which needs to be maintained, and from time to time needs to be replaced so there is considerable expense involved in running the station.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has signed up to the lottery and nominated NCI Fleetwood as their chosen cause.”

So far 42 local good causes have signed up and last year alone benefited from over £30,000 of funding.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement comments, “The local lottery was set up by Wyre Council in a bid to raise money for charities and good causes in Wyre. It is an innovative way to support these organisations, and gives local people the chance to win some great prizes.”

Since its launch in February 2020, Wyre Community Lottery has seen many lucky players win cash prizes! Tickets cost just £1 each and 60% goes to local good causes. The rest of the money goes towards the prize money, VAT and an external lottery provider who manages the game. Players can win up to £25,000 as part of the weekly draw and nominate a good cause to support. By setting up a monthly payment in advance with the option to do a three, six or twelve month repeating subscription, you will be ensuring you don’t miss out!

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Community groups and good causes in Wyre can still sign up to benefit from the lottery. To register call 01253 578579 or email [email protected]