A NEW lottery has been launched in aid of Salisbury Hospice.

The Your Hospice Lottery will offer people the chance to take part in a weekly draw with a top prize of £1,000 to raise money for the work done by the charity.

It is hoped the lottery will raise in excess of £500,000 for Salisbury Hospice Charity over the next five years, and there will also be a £100 prize, four £25 prizes and 80 prizes of £10 to win as well as the chance of a weekly rollover prize of £250, which could go up to a maximum of £10,000.

John Munro, fundraising manager with Salisbury Hospice Charity, said: “We rely on the generosity of local people to help us raise the £1.5m needed each year for us to continue to help families in our community who are living with life-limiting illnesses.

“A home visit from a community nurse costs £100, while one bereavement support session to help loved ones through a difficult time costs £20. By playing the weekly lottery, supporters will be providing a valuable and regular income for Salisbury Hospice Charity which will help to run services and to plan patient care.”

Your Hospice Lottery also supports the work of St Helena Hospice, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, and The J’s Hospice – but members specify which hospice they are playing in support of. By Salisbury Hospice Charity working in collaboration with the other hospices, overheads and costs are kept to a minimum so more funds can be used to support patients and their families.

It costs £1 per week per number to become a member of Your Hospice Lottery. People can pay by direct debit securely online via the Your Hospice Lottery website at yourhospicelottery.org.uk or by cheque, debit card or credit card by calling 0800 285 1390. Players must be 16 or over.

For more information visit yourhospicelottery.org.uk.