A fundraising lotto scheme to keep Southport’s lifeboat afloat has reached £500,000.
The half-a-million pounds mark was hit this month and Southport Offshore Rescue Trust, who operate the life-saving craft, couldn’t be more delighted.
Steve Hoyle runs ‘Lifeboat Lotto’ for the trust and this week he thanked the people of Southport and the surrounding areas for their continued support, particularly in these troubled times.”
As an organisation independent of the RNLI, the Lifeboat Lotto scheme has provided an ‘invaluable’ source of funding for Southport Lifeboat over the past decade, said Steve.
“It has helped pay for the refit of the lifeboat, three new pairs of outboard engines and two new sets of ATV Quad bikes. It has also contributed massively towards covering our station running costs of over £60,000 per year.
“Lifeboat Lotto raise money for other independent lifeboats around the UK but also are part of a bigger company that run lottos for other charities such as the Air Ambulance and cancer charities.”
He continued: “Having steadily grown since it began in 2010, the Lotto has generated 27 jackpot winners. Turn to p.5
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“Each of the the jackpot winners have won between one and five thousand pounds. There have been over 400 winners of the weekly guaranteed £100 prize as well as many more winners of the £25 consolation prize.
“We hope that the people of Southport will keep on supporting the Lotto so it may continue to grow and provide the much-needed income that Southport Offshore Rescue Trust needs to maintain their essential service.”
Since starting with Southport in 2010, Lifeboat Lotto has expanded and now works with six other Independent Lifeboat organisations around the UK.
John Shawcroft, Trustee Director of the Southport Lifeboat said: “When Lifeboat Lotto started we had no idea how successful it was going to be. Thankfully, it has been great success and provided a valuable and steady source of income for us.
“Our crew go out in all conditions to those who need help in our area. In the past they also had to spend many of their weekends shaking tins in local supermarkets just to raise enough money to keep the service alive.
“Thanks to Lifeboat Lotto, the crew don’t have that added pressure of fundraising every weekend and can spend more time practicing their skills whilst the Trust we can provide them with better equipment to use.
“Of course, none of it would be possible without the generosity of all of the players who have continued to play through thick and thin. We thank each and every player, past and present, for your support and we look forward to the next ten years of LifeboatLotto.”
Details on the game rules and how to join Lifeboat Lotto can be found at www.southport-lifeboat.org.uk