This concept evolved from an online community of musicians who thought that raising some additional money for those less fortunate via Prize Draws for cool gear would be a great thing to do. Not only do some very worthy causes get a little extra help, but someone gets to bag a great piece of gear for beer money!
Of course, with this being a 'lottery', there are checks, balances and a raft of legal requirements which have to be met. Whilst all the bureaucracy made a relatively simple idea far more complicated and onerous, we're pleased to have worked it through as the essence of what we originally intended remains and the benefits are clear to see.
Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy kindly published an article on their website which explains some the background to @20
Since January 2016, we have donated a total of £3,595 to Lucy Faithful Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, Acorns Children’s Hospice, Tiny Lives, Peter Pan Nursery, Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK, Winston’s Wish, Cathedral Archer Project, Crohn’s & Colitis UK, Meningitis Research Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Latanya’s Appeal, Parkinson’s UK, Goal Cymru, Myeloma UK, The National Autistic Society, Brainstrust and Five Stars Appeal, Camp Mohawk, St Kentigern Hospice, Cornwall Hospice Care, Tom Prince Cancer Trust, Unique, Dementia UK, Martlets Hospice (which cared for Tom Searle of Architects), Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, Papworth Trust, Wishes4Kids, Forest Pulse, Thumbs Up Club and Dorset Mind
Every entrant is allocated a number from 1 to 59 which is published online before a Draw is made and the National Lottery Bonus Ball simply determines the winner on a pre-advertised date.
@20 is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association governed by committee nominated and elected by @20 Members. By it's very nature, it's not allowed to make a 'profit'. We have a committed group of like-minded volunteers who help steer the ship and after all direct costs are met, the remainder of the revenue raised by each Draw goes to a charity nominated by @20 members (minimum of 20% by law).
It's a basic fact of life and an unavoidable by-product that if things are to be done right and above board, there will be resultant costs. These costs have to be met or the concept is bound to fail and disappear.
Here's how the quantity and price of tickets for each draw are arrived at:
* In each Prize Draw, there are 59 tickets (or multiples thereof for higher value items).
* The @20 Management Committee agree the cost of a prize - whether new or fair used value.
* All direct costs (cost of item, preparation and shipping and so on), are taken into account, together with ongoing administrative expenses (website hosting, Gambling Commission licensing etc).
* A small amount is also added for the @20 Development Fund (to help build the profile, raise awareness and enable the Committee to ensure continued support and sustainability).
* Once all of the above has been calculated, the charity share (a minimum of 20%) then gets built into the equation to produce a final ticket price which will ensures that the Draw is viable.
The @20 Management Committee discuss and agree acceptable values and costs prior to a new Prize Draw being launched to ensure that a Draw is achievable, whilst also remaining true to both the initial concept and legal requirements by which we are bound.
Please navigate to the 'Prize draws' section on the main @20 website and click on the Prize photo!
No - the cost of delivering the prize to Mainland UK is factored into the ticket price.
Yes, you are more than welcome!
The only proviso is that should any tickets be bought outside of Mainland UK, the entrant agrees to meet any additional shipping costs (and any local duties where applicable) - but only in he event of a win of course!
In that unfortunate eventuality, the @20 Management Committee will declare that the given draw is unlikely to succeed and all tickets purchased prior to that declaration will be fully refunded.
Yes you can!
If you have a guitar, amp or piece of equipment which you believe would make a great prize, please send an email to email@example.com together with a few photos and we'll put it forward to the @20 Management Committee for consideration.
There are a few requirements:
* The item would need to be in good condition (vintage gear excepted) and in full working order.
* A fair used price will be agreed and offered by the @20 Management Committee.
* The item will need to come into the workshop for inspection, photos and preparation for listing in a prize draw.
* The item will need to be appropriately packed - @20 will cover the cost of insured courier collection.
* You will be paid as soon as the last ticket is sold for that prize draw.
This can be a relatively effortless way to sell your gear and help raise funds for a good cause at the same time. No one will expect you to literally give anything away, but naturally, viability and the ability to raise some useful funds will need to be taken into account.
Simply come and join us at the @20 Facebook Group!
Please head here to BUY TICKETS!!!
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