Charity raffle launched to fundraise for holidays for frontline workers and vulnerable young people in East Sussex

 A leading charity is calling on people to make a difference to the lives of people who need it the most in East Sussex, by buying a ticket in its summer raffle.

All money raised from the raffle will go towards the Youth Hostels Association’s Project90 appeal.

The appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 in total, will fund life-changing adventures and crucial breaks for 1800 vulnerable young people and NHS and frontline workers and their families in England and Wales.

Already, the appeal has raised £140,000 which will go towards funding the much-needed breaks. 90 young people and 90 frontline workers and their families selected for the breaks will be from the South East.

With more than two million households – many with children – living through lockdown without access to a garden, the breaks which will be provided by the Project90 appeal, are more important than ever.

However, with its network of youth hostels currently closed because of the pandemic, YHA has been unable to fundraise for its Project90 appeal which was launched earlier this year to celebrate the charity’s 90th anniversary.

YHA hopes that through the raffle it will raise enough money to give up to 5000 vulnerable young people, NHS and frontline workers and their families a two-day break in 2020/21.  

Outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Cotswold Outdoors has donated the first prize of £3,000 as well as a number of runner up prizes.

Charlie Simpson,  Associate Director – Charity Development at YHA (England & Wales), said: “Like all charities right now we are having a tough time and have had to come up with new ways to raise much-needed funds for our Project90 appeal to ensure that the people who need a break the most get them.

“We’re immensely grateful to Cotswold Outdoor for supporting the raffle and making it possible to make a big difference in the lives of people who need it the most. But we can only achieve our ambition if people support us”

To help raise the much-needed funds for Project90, people can purchase raffle tickets at getinvolved.yha.org.uk/fundraising/raffle.

Tickets cost just £1. The raffle closes on 28 August 2020 and winners will be announced the week commencing 4 September 2020.