Monday 20 February 2012
Guernsey charities stand to receive more than £200,000 from the proceeds of last year's Channel Island Christmas lottery.
The Culture and Leisure Department, which administers the lottery on behalf of the States of Guernsey, will hand over £213,897 to the Association of Guernsey Charities for them to allocate to worthy Guernsey causes.
In Guernsey, money from the Christmas Lottery can be given to any charity that is a member of the Association of Guernsey Charities for use within the island. Last year, grants were awarded to 36 organisations for amounts from £410 to £20,000.
Deputy Francis Quin, Chairman of the States' Lottery Advisory Panel, which oversees the administration of the lottery, said:
"This is a fantastic result, to be able to provide the Association of Guernsey Charities with such a substantial amount will really help support Guernsey registered Charities during these difficult times".
Malcolm Woodhams Treasurer of the Association of Guernsey Charities said:
"We are really pleased that the Christmas Lottery has raised a large sum of money for local charities. This year, there has been an increase in the number of applications received from organisations wanting a share of the proceeds, so we know that there are many of the island's voluntary groups that need some financial help. The Association of Guernsey Charities would like to thank everyone who supported the traditional Christmas draw, including the many shops and outlets that sold tickets".
Applications for grants have now closed and members of the Association's Council are currently studying all applications to decide which charities will receive a grant. Details of which charities will benefit from the lottery proceeds will be announced at the Association's annual general meeting on 19 April 2012.
Tim Prout, Marketing Officer, Culture and Leisure Department