The new West Norfolk Wins community logo.

West Norfolk Council is set to launch a new community lottery next month to help raise funds for  good causes.

A special event is to be held on Tuesday, March 20 to set the ball rolling on the new West Norfolk Wins venture.

Representatives of charities and community organisations are invited to attend and sign-up for the money-spinning project, which will see tickets go on sale on April 17 with the first draw on May 26.

Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “We understand that in the current economic climate it is often charities, groups and other community organisations who face the biggest budget cuts.

“This community lottery will give them a mechanism for raising much-needed cash.

“Charities which sign-up will receive 50p for every £1 West Norfolk Wins ticket sold in support of their organisation.

“A further 10p will go into a community fund which will be allocated by the borough council through its financial assistance grants.”

The lottery will be run on the council’s behalf by Gatherwell Ltd, whose managing director, Ben Speares, will attend the launch and explain how it will work and how organisations can sign-up.

There is no cost to any community group which decides to sign-up and there is no limit to the number or organisations which can get involved.

The more people who buy tickets, the more money will be raised for West Norfolk causes.

Borough Mayor Carol Bower and Mrs Nockolds will launch the new venture at 5.30pm at the town hall.

Community groups who want to attend should register an interest by email at: by Wednesday.

Representatives unable to attend can request an information pack from the same email address.

There will be a special lottery website for information and set criteria for good cause eligibility.