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3rd January 2018

Evergreen Care Trust is delighted to announce that its Stamford Christmas Cracker prize draw, which ran throughout December, raised just over £12,000!

The advent calendar-style prize draw had high value prizes for each day of the month, most of which were donated by Stamford-based businesses. A total of 2,000 tickets were sold at a price of £5 each. Prizes included goody bags and vouchers, as well as an overnight stay at The Crown Hotel, family gym membership at Stamford Endowed School worth £720, meals and a pamper experience at New College Stamford. The top prize was a week’s holiday in Larnaca, Cyprus, with Palm Beach Hotel & Bungalows, worth £870!

In total, the prizes were worth more than £5,000

There was a real buzz around the campaign, both within Evergreen Care Trust itself, and within the community. The winning ticket was drawn each evening live on Facebook, which was co-ordinated by volunteer Emma Holttum. All of the winners have been informed.

The campaign achieved its aim of giving gifts to elderly people in its care. Over 200 gift bags were distributed to Evergreen members in Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping, along with a hand-decorated Christmas card. The bags included quality toiletries, and treats including chocolates.


Evergreen Care Trust Volunteer and Marketing Co-ordinator,Rosie Maclennan says: “It’s been incredible. It outshone all of our expectations! I am absolutely thrilled that Stamford Christmas Cracker has proved to be such a great success! For a very long time I have been keen to produce a fund-raising campaign that has the potential to involve everyone in our community! Without doubt this campaign has not only proved to be a huge success, it is now engraved on our calendar for the coming year — and many to come.

“Evergreen has grown from strength to strength and this campaign not only enabled us to buy presents for some our lovely members across Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings, but will help us continue the work of our free services which provide hundreds of members with a range of support, from social interaction to vitally important daily care.

“A massive thank you to everyone who supported us. The response and generosity has been extremely moving.

Rosie continued: “Stamford’s Christmas Cracker will now become our largest annual fundraiser. It will help Evergreen grow larger and stronger. This hasn’t just been about supporting Evergreen, it’s about growing Evergreen and providing our local communities with superb, excellent packages of care for older and vulnerable people.”