Lottery launched to support culture and heritage in Warrington
Geraldine Kendall Adams, 01.08.2018
Warrington Museum will be one of the beneficiaries
A new lottery to support local culture and heritage has been launched by Culture Warrington, the independent trust that runs the Lancashire town’s culture, arts and heritage services.
The Culture Warrington Lotto Superdraw asks players for a £1-per-week membership fee and offers weekly prizes of £5, £10, a jackpot of £1,000, or up to £5,000 from the £100 weekly rollover.
For every £1 raised, 60% goes directly towards supporting the activities of the trust, 25% towards prize money and 15% on administration costs. This compares to 28% of the National Lottery and 32% of the Postcode Lottery going to good causes.
Players are shown exactly what their money funds: a list on the lottery website demonstrates that £10 can go towards acid-free tissue to wrap 100 objects, while £30 could purchase a replica artefact to enhance schools learning or pay for 30 minutes of a conservator’s time to “clean a painting, repair a frame or fix a piece of taxidermy”.
A statement on the website tells players: “Every time you play you are enriching and transforming the lives of children, young people and communities, giving them the opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, the arts.”
Andrea Morley, the trust’s fundraising and sponsorship officer, told the Warrington Guardian that the initiative "not only gives people the chance to win fantastic cash prizes, but also helps us make a real impact in the community".
Culture Warrington is responsible for running Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and the Pyramid and Parr Hall entertainment venue, as well as events such as the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.