Big C was founded here in Norfolk and Waveney in the 1970s by two young men, David and Clive. Having both been diagnosed with cancer, they often found the travelling to London and Cambridge for treatment, harder than the treatment itself. So, they vowed to do something so that local people would have access to the best treatment and support closer to where they live.
40 years on, their vision has become a reality, with over £32 million being raised so far and nearly £3 million raised each year by the local community, creating the largest cancer charity in East Anglia.
Helping to raise funds
However, our sources of income have been hard hit by the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak and so, as ever, we are looking for new ways to raise money and continue to provide as much help as possible for those in our community affected by cancer. We had been considering a Big C lottery for some time and we are delighted to now be able to announce its launch.
Managed by Unity Lottery, a UK company with more than 20 years’ experience of running lotteries for charities, those over 18 who decide to play, now can support Big C and also have the chance to win up to £25,000 each week, plus other cash prizes.
How the Big C lottery works
The process is simple, and players can take part for a minimum of £1 per week. For every £1 play, each week a unique 6-digit lottery number will be received, with each £1 entry having a one in 63 chance of winning one of four prizes; a 6-digit match wins £25,000, a 5-digit match wins £1,000, a 4-digit match wins £25 and a 3-digit match wins five entries into the next draw.
From our first small, but important fundraising project providing chemotherapy equipment at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Big C has grown into an impressive organisation which funds specialist life-saving equipment and internationally significant research projects based at the Norwich Research Park.
These projects greatly benefit local people and have a global impact on our understanding and treatment of the many types of cancer. It’s our hope that people will view the Big C lottery as an entertaining way to contribute to the much needed funds we need to enable us to grow and extend the wellbeing and welfare services we provide to our local communities.