HOSPICE Lucky Numbers has hit the £5000 mark! That's how much has been handed over in prize money since Scottish Provincial Press started the easy-to-enter draw in September as a way of raising funds for Highland Hospice.
Bill Honeyman, of Golf Road, Brora, became the 10th winner of our £500 weekly windfall after he entered through his local newspaper, the Northern Times.
And now, with Hospice Lucky Numbers running for only two more weeks, readers across the Highlands and Moray are being urged to join together in a final push to help the hospice.
A specially printed six-digit number appears inside each individual copy of your local paper. Readers simply text us their unique number before the published closing date, and a winning combination is picked at random.
Texts cost £1 each and proceeds are split equally between Highland Hospice and the cash prize fund – with our weekly winner receiving a minimum of £500.
SPP's managing director Thelma Henderson said: "It has been a pleasure to support the work of Highland Hospice through our weekly prize draw while also raising awareness of the excellent work done by the hospice's dedicated team of staff and volunteers.
"Hospice Lucky Numbers is easy to enter and fun to do, and every text helps the hospice – not just the services it delivers in Inverness but right across the region.
"We are now asking our readers to make a final push to raise as much money as possible by the end of November, when Hospice Lucky Numbers will conclude. So please check your numbers and get texting! You'll be giving yourself a chance to win a big cash prize while helping the hospice at the same time."
Andrew Leaver, director of fundraising, retail and communications at Highland Hospice, said: "We would again like to thank SPP for running the Hospice Lucky Numbers draw without making a profit themselves. This is a hugely generous way to support the hospice and we are very grateful.
"I also hope people have enjoyed reading more about Highland Hospice in their local newspaper over these past few months.
"I would urge as many readers as possible to take part in the remaining weeks of the draw. The more people who enter, the more money will be raised for Highland Hospice, and the bigger the cash prize will be for the lucky winning reader."
For 25 years Highland Hospice has been providing support across the region to people with incurable life-limiting illnesses. As well as the 10-bed inpatient unit in Inverness, there are day hospice services in Inverness, Portree, Dornoch, Thurso and Fort William, and an outreach bereavement service to support family and friends.
Its work is supported by a network of 11 local shops – in Inverness, Nairn, Forres, Grantown-on-Spey, Aviemore, Fort William, Alness, Tain, Wick, Thurso and Portree – along with the Bits & Pieces shop in Dingwall.
Highland Hospice requires over £3.9 million each year to keep its services running and no charge is made to any patient or their family. Approximately a third of the funding needed comes from the NHS, but the hospice relies on the generosity of the public to help raise the rest.