February 2021

Innovative new Suffolk start up raises over £1500 for St Elizabeth Hospice

A new Suffolk start-up has raised over £1500 for St Elizabeth Hospice following the successful launch of an online raffle platform.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recognising the challenges faced by many charities as fundraising events were cancelled, Suffolk businessman and tech entrepreneur, Adrian Melrose, was quick to spot a gap in the market for frictionless, online fundraising tools.

Bringing together a team of specialists to build an innovative new platform to support registered charities in England and Wales, Adrian orchestrated the launch of Lucky Ticket in December 2020 with over £9000 having already been raised for a handful of predominantly Suffolk based charities using the raffling site.

Back in January, acclaimed Suffolk artist David Gillingwater, donated his artwork ‘Towards Iken’ to St Elizabeth Hospice. The oil on canvas painting, depicting the view from Snape Bridge looking out along the River Alde, was valued at £495 and in less than 2 weeks over 350 raffle tickets were snapped up by the Hospice supporters, raising £1507.

Emma Lloyd, Operations Director of Lucky Ticket said, “We think it’s particularly important in the current climate that the burden of fundraising responsibility is not on any one individual as is often the case with auctions. The beauty of a raffle is that its success comes from a lot of people giving a little.”

Having proven the online raffle concept with selected charities, whilst raising thousands of pounds along the way, Emma continued, “We are now hugely excited to roll out the Lucky Ticket platform nationally, providing enormous fundraising potential for thousands of other charities around the country. Our site will allow them to elevate their fundraising work with their own online audiences.”

Judi Newman, Development Director of St Elizabeth Hospice said “It is so good to see tech-led innovation helping charities at a time when it is not possible to gather supporters together for our usual fundraising events. The workload for charities to create and market a fundraising raffle can be significant, but by using Lucky Ticket, online raffles suddenly become really easy for charities to set up, offering supporters a fun and quick way to support their favourite causes”.

For more information go to: www.luckyticket.org.uk