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Raffle raises almost £1,000 for the Hampshire countryside

A raffle organised by volunteers at CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity has raised almost £1,000 to help the local countryside to thrive.

Robert Jamieson from the charity’s South Downs & Central District Group and co-organiser of the quiz nights usually held in Itchen Abbas and East Meon, says: 'We sadly had to cancel our two quiz nights this year due to coronavirus restrictions, however, not to be outdone we came up with the idea of holding a raffle in its place.

The prize of a case of six Hampshire sparkling wines and the draw took place in November by our Chair, Dee Haas. As it was a raffle, we asked for a donation to enter. We're delighted to say that we sold 70 tickets and the raffle raised almost £1,000 to support our work helping the Hampshire countryside to thrive.’

The winning ticket belonged to CPRE Hampshire members, Hugh and Sue Sandars of Micheldever.

Robert Jamieson adds: 'We intend to hold the quiz evenings again next year when we sincerely hope that all the current troubles will be behind us. It is always a great evening and enjoyed by everybody. We need to raise funds for CPRE Hampshire as it keeps the charity doing its job, protecting our countryside at these difficult times.' CPRE Hampshire is very grateful to the quiz nights organising team - Robert Jamieson, Christopher Napier and Peter Lindon.

The countryside charity depends entirely on public support and is currently running an appeal. There has been a surge of appreciation for the countryside and local green spaces during lockdown but with no events, this cannot be converted into much needed funds to support its work. Please go to www.cprehampshire.org.uk/get-involved/appeal-2020 to find out more about how you can help to protect the Hampshire countryside now and for generations to come.

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