Rachel, Pauline and Lawrence spearheaded the Grand Raffle campaign assisted by many who sold tickets in various venues. This year’s raffle had a slow start as the tickets were initially printed with the wrong details and yet despite this, sales were brisk. The lure of Six Nations Rugby tickets helped considerably, but meals at The Griffin Felinfach, The Swan in Hay,The Three Tuns in Hay, tickets for Theatr Brycheiniog and a voucher for the Old Railway were also generously donated and proved enticing prizes.
Teams sold tickets at various Christmas markets, many supporters agreed to sell tickets to friends and relatives and what we now call the ‘Otis effect’ helped to ensure that sales at Hay food market in the last few weeks were very good. Lynne and Philip raised over £400 from a cold few hours on the 17th January in Hay as a final push. Everyone did their bit by buying or selling [ I’m aware of at least one pub landlord refusing to serve people until they bought a book of tickets, a young girl sold loads at her brother’s baptism party and ticket stubs came back from many parts of the UK] so that we raised over £2800 from the raffle.
Rachel decided to make the draw into a curry and quiz evening and sold out tickets for this within days of announcing the idea. The Bakers Table at the Old Mill in Talgarth very generously gave free use of the venue
A delicious curry and interesting quiz kept people amused whilst they waited for the draw. None of the prize winners were in the room and were notified by phone. They were delighted.
A very successful venture and thanks to all who helped.