BARNSLEY Hospice is hoping the chance to win a rollover will boost numbers playing its fund-raising lottery.
The hospice currently has 4,500 players taking part in its one pound-a-week draw to win £500 or other smaller cash prizes.
It is hoped that more players will be tempted to join by a new rollover draw with a chance to win an additional big prize of up to £5,000.
Every year the hospice needs to raise £1.9 million from supporters to stay open and last year the lottery brought in about £134,000.
Chief executive Ian Carey said: “We realise that finances are tight but, because it’s a local lottery, players are in with a better chance of winning.
“In addition, they also know that they are making a regular contribution to our services which are in ever-increasing demand by patients and their loved ones.”
The hospice, at Gawber, offers inpatient and day care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-threatening condition, not only cancer patients. It also offers care in patients’ own homes as well as a range of other services including a support group for bereaved children.
For just a £1 a week, players are given a unique game number which remains the same.
The lottery is drawn every Friday with the winning numbers selected at random through an independently verified system and cheques are posted out to winners.
From July 20, there will be a guaranteed weekly first prize of £500, second prize of £50 and five third prizes of £10, plus a rollover prize which will increase by £100 every week it is not won. If it reaches £5,000, one lucky supporter will be guaranteed to win it that week.
Retired couple Pat and Trevor Berresford, of Wombwell, are among recent winners of a £500 prize through the hospice lottery and spent their winnings on a new sofa.
Trevor said: “You never get exciting post and to win £500 is a nice amount of money. The hospice is a good local cause to support and, at £1 a week, it’s an easy way to donate to charity.”
To sign up, ring the lottery helpline on 01226 779382. For more information about the hospice and its services, visit www.barnsleyhospice.org or call 01226 244 244.