Dick Wingate, Volunteer Promoter of the NWT 250 Club

Prize draw of NWT 250 Club

Friday 20 July, 2018

The NWT 250 Club held its second (and final) Prize Draw of the year on 13 July. We were delighted to see a surge in applications following the feature in the Summer edition of Tern – and some of those new applicants became winners in their very first draw!

In total 123 prizes were drawn, ensuring consistent odds of 1:15 per Draw. Some interesting facts:
  • 77% of winners lived within Norfolk
  • 15% of winners had joined within the last two years
  • 3 ticket holders who hold multiple tickets were lucky enough to win two £30 prizes each.
Our top prize winner, Julie, was kind enough to send us some words about her love of Norfolk and support for NWT: "I have loved Norfolk for as long as I can remember, hearing my first booming bittern on holiday in the Broads very many years ago. Then there were the frequent day trips, travelling from Cambridgeshire. In December 2000, I bought my house in Langham. I sat on the sea wall at the end of East Bank, wrapped in multiple layers and three pairs of gloves, hugging myself in sheer joy and exclaiming "I live here! I live here! I live here!". In my small attic study, I would hear the lovely sound of the Pink foots flying over. I was able to cycle the "quiet lanes" and end up goodness knows where. Or actually follow a map and prop my bike up at Foxley Wood in bluebell time. I could walk to Cley, or drive to Snettisham, drive, or use bike and train to explore the Broads. It was a heavenly time.

"Late marriage has now brought me to the beautiful Hadrian's Wall country where my former shoreline birds, celebrated in local brews (Golden Plover and Curlew's Return) come to populate the moors and I see the Pink Footed geese on our beautiful Northumberland coast. I love Northumberland. But first love is special. Norfolk will always be especially special to me."

The 250 club is a small society lottery currently run by Dick Wingate, Volunteer Promoter, which gives 40% of its income in prizes and is established to donate the remainder towards Norfolk Wildlife Trust projects such as land restoration, species reintroduction and conservation grazing.

This year marks a significant milestone for our 250 Club lottery: donations from ticket holders exceeded an incredible £250,000. We use the funds as a Third Party Contributing payment to a Landfill Operator, meaning this quarter of a million from the 250 Club has enabled us to unlock a further £2.5million towards habitat restoration projects across Norfolk.

We hold two Prize Draws, in February and July each year. Read more about the club, what has been achieved for wildlife, meet Dick Wingate and find all the information you need to join and enjoy the chance to Win for Wildlife in 2019 and beyond.
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