A CHARITABLE Lottery will be giving an additional £15,000 to good causes in South Oxfordshire this year through money raised in its community fund.

There are currently 75 organisations and charities across the district that have joined the lottery, which provides them with vital income to support communities, this has proved especially important for them during the pandemic.

Since its launch in 2018 over £63,000 has been distributed to good causes in the district that have signed up to the South Oxfordshire District Council scheme.

This month the £15,000 will be shared between all organisations selling 20 tickets or more a week.

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Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary is one of the causes benefitting from the lottery with a donation of £2,689 from the community fund. Iain Atkin, the sanctuary’s manager said: “One of our volunteers and supporters recommended that we sign-up to SO Charitable Lottery a while ago and it has raised important funds for us during that time.

“At any one time, we have up to 30 dogs, 60 cats and kittens and 15 to 20 rabbits. We also care for our permanent guests; five goats and a horse called Ben. We often look after 70 to100 animals a day.

“Many of our animals come to us from difficult backgrounds. Some arrive with acute behavioural needs, and some have immediate medical needs. We deal with each case individually and start by earning their trust and understanding their needs.

"The money raised from the additional award will help us continue this work.”

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