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Press Release: Million Pound Lottery 2020 – In person sales commence

2020 Million Pound Lottery sees record breaking sales in first week and commences in person sales at de Gruchy

Jersey Hospice Care is delighted to reveal that they have seen record breaking sales with more Million Pound Lottery tickets sold in the first week than ever before. In just seven days, over 1000 tickets were sold via Hospice’s new website (mpl.jerseyhospicecare.com). This option to purchase tickets quickly, easily and from the security of home, combined with a new creative and digital campaign, has clearly inspired Islanders to continue supporting this much loved and important charity.

 Emelita Robbins, Chief Executive at Jersey Hospice Care, said, “COVID-19 has presented many challenges for Islanders and at Hospice it has meant that many of our services have had to be redesigned in order to comply with the restrictions. Critically it also meant that most of our fundraising events were cancelled. To save the Million Pound Lottery we had to make a bold move and bring it online. Fantastically this was achieved in time.  Generously supported by Hartmann House Media, our new creative and digital campaign has engaged so many Islanders and led to phenomenal tickets sales in the first two weeks. I am now really pleased to confirm that the lifting of Government restrictions allows in-person sales to start on Monday 15th June at de Gruchy and at our Hospice shop in  St Ouen. We really cannot wait to make Islanders Million Pound Lottery winners this year.”

 The lottery is Hospice’s single biggest annual fundraising event and raises £800,000 a year for the charity, whilst giving £1.3m worth of prizes back to the community. These vital funds enable Hospice to continue to provide all of its services, free of charge, to everyone living with dying. It costs £20,800 a day 365 days a year to provide the care at Hospice and in the community and this is all made possible through the generosity of the community.

 John Marquis, General Manager at de Gruchy said: “We’ve had to wait a little longer than usual to get the in-store sales going for Hospice’s Million Pound Lottery this year due to the retail restrictions. But there is such a great buzz about sales coming back into store and we’re always thrilled to be the key venue for in-person sales and provide the Early Bird Prize of a £1000 de Gruchy gift card. It’s our way of supporting this important charity each year and we look forward to welcoming the team on Monday.”

 The army of faithful volunteers are ready to man the sales desks that will be located upstairs on the first floor at de Gruchy outside Infusion Café and Monday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm and at the Beau Pre Hospice Shop on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Customers are asked to adhere to social distancing when queuing for their ticket and are reminded that all sales will be by debit or credit card only (no cash or cheque). Islanders also have the opportunity of entering the ‘Early Bird Prize Draw’ with a chance of winning a £1000 de Gruchy gift card to spend in store if they buy their tickets, either in person or online, before 30th June.

 A host of well-known local faces have also joined Hospice’s social media platforms in a video entitled #CommunityVoices. The Lieutenant Governor Sir Stephen Dalton and figures from business and industry lent their voices to talk about why they buy their ticket each year. This isn’t just about big dreams; it’s about giving something back to the local community and by all accounts there’s an abundance of Islanders doing just that! Go online to buy your ticket now: mpl.jerseyhospicecare.com