Thank you for offering to organise a raffle or lottery in aid of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Funds. Lotteries (the legal term used to describe a raffle) are a great way to raise funds.
The laws surrounding them are strict and can be confusing. We want to be able to support and guide you with your fundraising raffle so that none of the rules and regulations are breached and enforcement action is avoided.
It is therefore important that you follow these guidelines if you are considering organising a raffle of any kind in connection with the hospitals.
The Trust has obtained a Lottery License which allows us to hold or support raffles within the Torridge and North Devon District Council boundaries. Under this license, some raffles will need to be registered. All such requests will need to be made in writing to the Charity at least 21 working days before the event. Ideally please leave longer so that there is plenty of time to promote your fundraising exertions!
Small raffle (Incidental lottery)
The simplest raffle to organise commonly used at ward or directorate events and at fetes and dances, and does not need to be registered.
- Tickets are sold during the event, not before
- tickets should not cost more than £1
- the draw must be held on the premises and at the time of the event
- no alcoholic prizes will be offered unless the premises where the raffle is being held has a liquor licence
- a maximum of £250 can be spent on prizes, but donated prizes can be accepted
- no money prizes can be offered, although gift vouchers are ok.
Where to start
If you are considering a raffle, consult these notes and determine the type of lottery you intend to run. If you are absolutely sure that your intended raffle can without doubt be classed as an incidental lottery then you can buy cloakroom tickets and go ahead within the rules above. If you feel you will need to run a public / society lottery it is requested that you consult us at the charity to check on the status of the licence application.
Please contact us at:
The Fundraising Office
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
Tel: 01271 311772