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20th Oct, 2021

School fund-raisers hoping lottery will make up for lost donations during pandemic

Laura Kearns 29th Sep, 2020

FUND-RAISERS at Thomas Jolyffe Primary School are taking a gamble that a new national school lottery scheme will make up for lost donations caused by the pandemic.

With fund-raising efforts cut short due to the sudden closure of schools in March, and strict restrictions still in force, the school’s PTA Friends of Thomas Jolyffe are going online to raise cash for the school and its pupils.

Their year-long fundraising efforts have begun with a school lottery, run by national organisation ‘Your School Lottery’ which was set up five years ago to help schools facing financial pressure.

Friends of Thomas Jolyffe spokeswoman Katherine White said: “With our usual events like the Christmas Fair and the seasonal discos unable to take place at the moment, we’ve had to get quite creative with our alternative fundraising plans.

“The school lottery is a great way for us to bring in much needed regular funds and is just the start of a line-up of fundraising activities.

“As usual our parents have been incredibly positive and supportive and we’re looking forward to a year of fun and hopefully successful events.”

Headteacher Helen Dunnico said: “The school really appreciates this fundraising income and we’re so grateful to Friends of Thomas Jolyffe for adapting to the situation and raising money in a way that protects the safety of our pupils and parents, and abides by the government restrictions.

“We have a strong community here and this support helps to ensure that our pupils continue to have a nurturing experience where they can thrive.”

Other planned fund-raising activities include virtual quizzes, online concerts and non-uniform days. Money raised will be put towards renovating the school’s hall and dining area.

The school lottery raises more than £1million each year for schools and gives participants the chance to win a local cash prize every week and a £25,000 jackpot.

Visit yourschoollottery.co.uk, search for Thomas Jolyffe and pick six numbers to take part.

Tickets cost £1 and are drawn every Saturday at 8pm.

The first draw will take place on Saturday October 24.

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