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Support us


The vast majority of autistic people and adults with learning disabilities in Essex do not receive regular funded support. Hamelin exists to meet the needs of the people who are either unknown to, or not supported by, the current system, but we need your help. Your generous support ensures we can reach as many people as possible so they can live the life they choose.

You can make a valuable donation using the ‘donate now’ button to help our work supporting people in need. 

If you are a UK taxpayer, please make sure you claim Gift Aid if you are eligible. It won’t cost you a penny, but it means Hamelin can claim 25p back from the government for every £1 you donate, making your contribution even more valuable. Thank you. Find more information here.

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Make a smile lottery

What is make a smile lottery?

Make a smile lottery is a weekly fundraising lottery. A fun and exciting way to help Hamelin Trust raise vital funds that will secure our future.

It only costs £1 per play, and you can choose to play every week or whenever you feel like taking a chance and doing something good.

Rollover prize


1 x £1000, 1 x £200, 10 x £10, and 270 x £5, plus a rollover of £500, that if not won each week rolls over to a maximum of £25,000
  • One play in the weekly draw is £1. You can purchase multiple plays if you wish.
  • You will be allocated a unique lottery number.
  • Your number(s) will be entered into the draw each week, you can also purchase additional Single Tickets to increase your chances of winning.
  • You will be sent a notification should you win, and your winnings will be transferred into your lottery account. You will have to sign up for a lottery account to withdraw your winning funds. If you don’t have an email, a cheque will be posted to the address we have for you, so please make sure that we have your updated address.
  • You must be 18 or over to join make a smile lottery.
  • Sign up online today!
  • Direct Debit – You can set a subscription to play every week and pay by a monthly direct debit. To play 1 number each week it costs £5 per month, numbers per week would cost £10, and 3 numbers per week would cost £15. The additional pence from your subscription will build up over the year and enable any supporters who have built up enough credit to be entered onto our Super Draw where you will have the chance of winning an additional £5,000! (Average of 7-8 tickets can be accrued in a full calendar year.)
  • Debit Card – You can pay by debit card to purchase one off tickets, or tickets for multiple week entries each week, charged all at once.
  • Cheque- You can play by cheque. This can be done quarterly for £15, bi-annually for £30 or annually for £60.
  • Single Tickets – You don’t have to play every week; you can play any draw you feel like by purchasing Single Tickets. Whether you are feeling lucky and want to increase your chances of winning, or simply want to give a little something back to the hospice of your choice. You can also purchase tickets for the Super Draw to increase your chances of winning the top prize.
  • As we are a lottery, we don’t accept credit cards.

You can set up an online lottery account where you can take control of your lottery membership.

Having an online account means you can:

  • Manage your online ticket purchases.
  • Find your play numbers.
  • Update your personal details & marketing preferences.
  • View previous transactions and tickets.
  • Withdraw winnings into your bank account or donate to your chosen charity!

Set up your online account here.

Whether you’re a long-term supporter and feel like increasing your chances of winning or you’re just feeling lucky, you can purchase Single Tickets for just £1 per play.

The draw usually takes place every Friday (with exception when the Friday is a Bank Holiday, when it will take place the next working day) – Please check the countdown on the website for the specific cut off time for the weekly draw. If you purchase after this time, you will be entered into the following week’s draw.

Click here to get your Single Tickets.

You must be 18 or over to play make a smile lottery . Please play responsibly. Responsible gambling support:  Make a smile lottery is wholly owned by St Helena Hospice , a hospice working with other hospices to raise much needed funds. Promoter: St Helena Hospice trading as make a smile lottery. St Helena Hospice Limited is licensed and regulated in Great Britain by the Gambling Commission under account number 4685 . St Helena Hospice is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales Number 01511841. Registered Charity Number 280919. Registered Office: Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. Make a smile lottery office: 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester, CO4 9AS. Make a smile lottery Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions can be viewed here .

Fundraising and volunteering

Our community is a rich tapestry of diverse people, dreams, and aspirations just waiting to be woven together. By sharing some of your time, skills and knowledge, you can make a real and lasting difference to the lives of people in your community. You will also learn and experience new things, meet new people and have fun!

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