This month, Harrow Wins achieved a significant milestone by raising an impressive £60,000 for community groups and charities within the borough.
Harrow Giving, in collaboration with Harrow Council, has been promoting this lottery for four years now, and it continues to be a vital source of funding for our local causes in need.
Some groups have used the funds to bolster existing services, making up for shortfalls in
other funding streams. Marilyn Norman, from Mind in Harrow, said, “We have used funds raised through Harrow Wins to support Harrow’s only Mental Health Helpline and Information Service – helping thousands of people every year.”
Other groups have used the funds to run extra activities. Duncan Wakeling from 13th Roxeth Scout Group said, “We have been involved with the Harrow lottery for a while now and the income generated for little effort by us is amazing. We have used the funds raised to support many of our activities including Sailing and camping.”
It can be really hard to raise ‘core’ funds for community groups – the essential yet less
exciting costs that underpin all the work that groups do. Chandos Park Community Group have used the steady income from Harrow Wins to help with expenses such as printing and laminating of flyers for events, as well as refreshments for volunteers.
There are 76 groups currently registered with Harrow Wins representing a huge variety of different causes in the borough. But Rachel Wright, from Harrow Giving, would like to see this increase: “We are seeing organisations with just 15 supporters signed up raising £700 per year! In particular we’d love to see more school PTAs and Scout and Guide groups getting involved.”
To encourage new charities and organisations to try the community lottery, Harrow Wins is running a campaign from 1st January – 31st March. Anyone who refers a cause will be put into a draw to be within the chance to win £1000 along with a donation of up to £1000 for the cause too. There will be 3 draws which will be held at the end of January, February and March.
Visit https://harrowgiving.org.uk/harrow-wins/ to find out more.