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Hospice Fears Loss Of Lottery Cash

Thursday October 6 2011

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THE launch of a televised national health lottery could cripple local lottery income for Barnsley Hospice, it is feared.

Barnsley Hospice runs its own weekly lottery which costs £1 a week to play and generates just over £120,000 a year in profit for the Hospice - which goes towards specialist palliative care services for local people.

But, it fears, the new new televised Health Lottery will have a negative impact because not only does it only donate 20p out of every £1 to good causes (Barnsley Hospice Lottery gets more than 40p out of every £1) but it also is not specify where the money is going.

A spokesman said: "Currently the Hospice has to fundraise 54 per cent of its total running costs; equating to £1.9 million a year. It costs £8,477 per day to run the whole Hospice and without the support of the local community that the Hospice serves, this would not be possible.

"The new Health Lottery is a national initiative, so players can never be sure exactly which charities they will be supporting with the money they spend on tickets."

Barnsley Hospice's Lottery has a cash prize of £500 each week as well as £200 of smaller prizes.

Chief Executive Ian Carey said: "Hospices are local charities rooted in the communities they serve; our lottery offers a cost-effective and fun way for people to help provide a much needed local service."

Barnsley Hospice has an annual turnover of £3.5 million - it receives a grant of £1,6 million each year from the NHS, which has been slowly reduced since 2009. The Hospice has to raise £1.9 million this year to keep the Hospice open.

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