Penrith Lottery was founded in July 2010 with the backing of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce and also the support of many local businesses including Penrith Building Society, Atkinson Builders, Penrith Building Supplies, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, AST Signs, H&H Reeds Printers, AW Jenkinsons, Richardsons and Cranstons.
As the town’s community lottery, we give local people the chance to contribute to the wellbeing of the area, as well as making our lucky winners that little bit wealthier!
We’re here to help the organisations that make our community a great place to live and work. We also support events and initiatives that make Penrith and the surrounding area an attractive and vibrant place to live and work.
The Lottery Committee
Penrith Lottery is run by a voluntary committee who meet once a month to assess grant applications, discuss development and strategy and review finances.
Richard Utting helped start the lottery through Penrith Chamber of Trade in 2010 and has acted as its Promoter ever since. From small beginnings he has seen the lottery develop and is extremely proud in the way it has supported many local community groups and organisations, some of which would not have received help without it.
Following a career in the Public Sector (Civil Service and Health Service) Peter moved with his wife, Maureen, to Penrith where he has been able to support - as a volunteer - a number of organisations in Penrith and the Scottish Borders, including the lottery, CAfS and Eden Credit Union.
Elspeth lives and works in Penrith as Finance Director to Penrith Building Society. She became a committee member in September 2018. She has good knowledge of both businesses and charities in the community and is keen where possible to support good local initiatives.
Charlie has lived in the Penrith area for nearly 20 years and has developed a good understanding of the needs and ambitions for the local community. He has worked with a range organisations, providing him with a useful insight into how the community works together to deliver projects.
Kevin grew up in Keswick and worked across the UK before returning to Penrith. Previously Chairman of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and a supporter of other local causes, Kevin joined the committee in 2021 and says he 'looks forward to contributing to the success of this great local organisation'.
We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in becoming a committee member.
We meet on the third Thursday of every month to assess grant applications and discuss the management of the lottery, accounts, membership and marketing.
For information on our constitution, please click here. As a small, community lottery, we are registered and licenced by Westmorland & Furness Council. As part of this registration, each year we submit our annual figures to them. You can click here to see our licence details.
The committee employs a part-time member of staff to manage the day to day running of the lottery.
Admin & Marketing Jerri Ryder
Jerri is a Virtual Assistant with over 20 years experience in administration, project and office management. She works with several local organisations, and her remote business model allows her to support national and international organisations as well. Jerri joined the team in time to help facilitate the exciting changes to the Penrith Lottery administration.
Penrith Building Society has partnered with us to offer a special Affinity Account that allows savers to contribute to Penrith Lottery Community Fund. Penrith Building Society will make a cash payment each year to Penrith Lottery equal to 0.50% gross interest on the average total balance held in all Penrith Lottery Affinity Accounts. This means the more supporters who save in the scheme, the bigger the cash payment will be to Pride in Penrith Lottery.
If you are interested in opening an account, call into the Penrith Building Society on King Street, Penrith, where you can apply or find out more on the Penrith Building Society website.