HUNDREDS more people are being helped thanks to the success of a lottery which hit the #2 million contribution mark this month.
The TLC Lottery, since its launch in 1997 has handed out over 51,000 prizes to players and contributed #2 million in funds primarily to the three owner charities Acorns Children’s Hospice, Birmingham Focus on Blindness and Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice.
Eighty other deserving causes across the Midlands also benefit and beneficiaries like Birmingham Focus on Blindness can confirm that the regular income from TLC has enabled the charity to support 1,000 more visually impaired people.
Alec Longhurst, of Birmingham Focus on Blindness, said: “Twelve months ago we were giving out just under 2,000 bits of help, advice or care per month to those who suffer sight impairment; now we consistently give out 3,000!
“Whilst this rise is partly due to an increase in certain eye-conditions, it is also due to the fact that support from the TLC Lottery has allowed us to add much needed services.
“The 3,000 bits might be getting people out to our clubs and groups; people who would never otherwise leave their homes. Providing rehabilitation advice and telephone advice; giving people magnifiers and reading aids and training them in their use; taking people shopping, or just sometimes for a walk.
“The number of things we need to do (like the aging population) is growing and we want to carry on being there to help. Continued support from the TLC Lottery will also help us to develop the future projects we are so passionate about and so determined to achieve.”
Colin Barrett, of TLC Lottery, added: “Every one of the 16,000 plus people who play the TLC Lottery for #1 a week has contributed to the #2 million paid out so far. Shared among so many good causes it might not sound a great deal but according to those we help, we have definitely hit on a winning idea.
“That is to provide a regular, reliable, income to give organisations the continuity in services and the confidence to plan ahead. The concept is very close to a successful business formula which dictates that it is far better to have a small amount of money from lots of people than a lot of money from a few people.”
Businesses who take part are able to nominate a favourite charity to benefit from employees’ contributions. To find out more, contact TLC Lottery at Drakes Court, Alcester Road, Wythall or see online at www.tlclottery.co.uk