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Dalton woman celebrating winning £1000 in a lottery that helps raise money for two local churches

A DALTON woman is celebrating winning £1000 in a lottery that helps raise money for two local churches.

The winner, who asked not to be named, won the money in last week's draw for the lottery that helps raise money for St Mary's Church, in Dalton, and St Peter's, in Ireleth.

The Reverend Allan Mitchell said the lottery was part of the Unity scheme run by Sterling Lotteries, which is based in Barrow's Furness Business Park.

Charities and organisations can join the lottery scheme with their supporters signing up to play the lottery by paying £1 a week. For each £1 they pay 50p goes towards the cause involved - in this case the churches.

Rev Mitchell said being part of Unity helped the churches raise nearly £400 a month.

He said: "We set up an individual lottery scheme with Sterling just after the millennium but then Sterling suggested it might be a better strategy for us to join Unity.

"Each month we can raise just under £400. The move to Unity was one of the best moves we have made because we are guaranteed that amount each month to help run the churches.

"The funding we get from the lottery goes into paying for general costs like our insurance and paying United Utility bills and gas and fuel. If we have any spare we can put into any special projects."

Richard Dixon, managing director for Sterling, said: "We help charities and organisations all over the country run fundraising lotteries for good causes, but it is always nice when we can help those close to home as well. I hope the lady enjoys her winnings and the lottery keeps on helping the churches for years to come."

To find out how you can play the lottery and help St Mary's and St Peter's churches go to www.unitylottery.co.uk and search for AID (Askam, Ireleth and Dalton).

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