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SO Charitable Lottery raises £139,000 for good causes in South Oxfordshire

Published 9 May 2024

Over £100,000 raised by the SO Charitable Lottery has been used to support 81 Voluntary and Community sector organisations across South Oxfordshire.

The South Oxfordshire District Council scheme is a weekly lottery that benefits communities and organisations in the district by raising money for good causes.

Since its launch in 2018, the SO Charitable Lottery has distributed just over £100,000 to good causes in the district. In addition, £39,000 has also been raised so far in the SO Charitable Community Fund, £31,000 of which has been shared between all organisations selling 20 tickets or more a week, with more to be distributed in the coming months.

Friends of Ewelme School is one of many charities who have benefited from the money raised, including a share of the Central Community Fund providing a vital boost of unrestricted income to the organisation.

Stephanie Pereira, part of the Parent Teacher Association at Friends of Ewelme School said:

“We would encourage other organisations to take part in the SO Charitable Lottery. It is a great way to raise funds, and keep the community involved in essential fundraising for the school.

“The money raised goes towards resources such as stationery, colouring pencils, scissors, glue sticks, and more excitingly the new Forest School that we have been able to set-up thanks to money fundraised from the SO Charitable Lottery. This has provided the children with the opportunity to work outdoors, with all the benefits that being in nature provides, while also developing their environmental awareness.”

Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at South Oxfordshire District Council said: “I’d like to thank the people who take part and support good causes in the South and encourage more good causes to join the scheme and residents to take part. The financial support local charities and voluntary groups receive allows them to continue their valuable work in our district supporting the most vulnerable people.”

Residents who take part in the lottery, can either support a charity or group of their choice or donate to the central community fund, these funds are distributed to local organisations and community initiatives which have a beneficial impact on the local community.

  • Tickets cost £1 a week and give you a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize each week!
  • For each £1 ticket sold 60p will go to good causes in South Oxfordshire


Note for Editors:

There is more information about the SO Charitable Lottery on our website

Any organisation wanting to find out how they can get involved can contact our grants team or visit