Belfast Telegraph

Charity aims for biggest tombola

Punters buying tickets for a charity raffle in Co Down stand more than a fair chance of winning as organisers try to break the world record for the number of prizes on offer.

The draw in Castlewellan at the end of the month may take some time as the record breaking target is 4,500 prizes.

The "World's Biggest Tombola" event is being staged at a new family festival in Castlewellan`s Forest Park on August 28th.

It is being run by Mainstay DRP which works with people with learning difficulties.

The charity's finance officer Ciara Magennis said the record was achievable but it would depend on the generosity of the local community when it came to donating prizes.

"We are almost half-way towards meeting the target at this stage and we are looking for brand new items which cost £1 or more for the tombola," she said.

"The excitement is building and I really think we will do it on the day. Everyone's a winner - all you have to do is buy a ticket priced £1 to enter."

The charity has collected DVDs and CDs, designer perfume and make-up, jewellery, paintings and vouchers for high street fashion stores.

Down Leisure Centre, which is one of the designated drop-off areas for donations, has also donated 100 complimentary vouchers for a swim, steam or sauna.

Other designated drop-off areas for donations are Ballynahinch Leisure Centre; Dan Rice Memorial Hall, Ballynahinch; Bridge Centre, Killyleagh; Ballymote Sports and Wellbeing Centre, Downpatrick and Newcastle Leisure Centre.

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