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Shepton Mallet Almshouses are supporting the Shape Mendip Lottery

12 July 2017

In the four months since the launch of the Shape Mendip Lottery there have been 170 winners in the weekly draw including two lucky players who pocketed themselves £2,000 each.

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The Shape Mendip Lottery, which was launched by Mendip District Council in March 2017, gives players the chance to scoop a £25,000 jackpot prize while also helping community organisations to raise funds themselves.  

So far 38 good causes have signed up to the Shape Mendip Lottery and one of these causes is the Shepton Mallet Almshouses.

Providing social housing for local residents of limited means since 1627, the Shepton Mallet Almshouses play a vital role in the local community by helping those who need it most.

Jeff Curtis, Chairman of Shepton Mallet United Charities said: "Shepton Mallet United Charities administers the Almshouses, they are, in the main, listed buildings that owe their origin to the Strode Family in 1627. Trustees today are mindful of our rich heritage going back nearly 400 years and much effort has gone into refurbishing these lovely buildings and bringing them up to modern standards. Our residents are local people, in need, and are encouraged to lead their own lives within easy access to amenities. On Saturday July 22nd, Lord Lieutenant, Annie Maw will attend an OPEN DAY which is being held in conjunction with the parish church 2pm to 5pm. All Welcome."

For each £1 ticket bought, 60% of the ticket price will go to support community groups throughout the district, though there is also the option for players to support a specific organisation, and 20% goes to prizes. No money goes to the council.

Cllr Philip Ham, Portfolio Holder for Transformation, said: "The Shape Mendip Lottery is an initiative and exciting way for people to help raise funds for local community and voluntary groups such as Shepton Mallet Almshouses to help support the good work they do.

"The council already distributes grants to these valued local groups, but like many public sector organisations we are facing unprecedented demands on our budget, so we see the lottery as an innovative new funding opportunity for voluntary and community groups.

"We are hopeful it will capture the imagination of local people who want to support community groups in Mendip, while being in with the chance of winning a top cash prize too.

There has been no jackpot winner yet, but it could be you!  So why not join the hundreds of those who have already signed up to the Shape Mendip Lottery.  To be in with a chance of winning the £25,000 prize or to join as a Good Cause go to for more details.

Last modified: 12 July 2017