Beacon Centre launches online raffle to raise much-needed funds

By Dayna Farrington | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A Black Country-based sight loss charity has launched a digital summer raffle to help raise much-needed funds in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beacon fundraising administrator Sarah Dovey is ready for the charity's digital summer raffle

The Beacon Centre has been supporting people with sight loss for more than 145 years but has faced a funding crisis because of lockdown measures forcing it to temporarily suspend a number of key activities.

At the height of the coronavirus crisis, the charity was losing £25,000 a week – despite needing to provide new and expanded services such as telephone befriending, to help those must vulnerable to the virus.

Although Beacon has now been able to reopen a small number of its charity shops, the organisation is still unable to carry out many of its usual activities and fundraising events.

As a result, the charity has taken its summer raffle online.

For just £2 per raffle number, people will be in with a chance of winning three unique prizes courtesy of Parnaby's Saddlery, Barclay's Sedgley, A F Blakemore and Sons and Dudley Canal Trust, including a summer goodies hamper, a gentleman's gift box and a family fun hamper.

Beacon Centre supporter engagement manager, Sophie Higgins, said: “We are delighted to be able to take our summer raffle online as there are some fabulous prizes on offer.

“We need people’s support more than ever and this is a great way to help us raise funds so we can continue to support those at risk from coronavirus.”

The raffle will be drawn on Monday, August 3. To take part, visit

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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