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Date:- 1 May 2006

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FINALLY, BRITAIN’S FAIRER LOTTERY IS HERE

THE Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation set to raise up to £1.2m with Monday, the Charities Lottery.  At last, a reason to love Mondays. From April 20 Brits can take part in a fairer weekly lottery. One that means they are 27 times more likely to win a jackpot than with The National Lottery.

Liverpool based The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is set to raise up to £1.2m as one of 70 charities partnering with Monday – the Charities Lottery. With 2 draws throughout the year, the Foundation stands to raise £1.2m of unrestricted funding so it can be used immediately or in response to any urgent need.

For every pound spent with Monday, 30p goes direct to charity. That’s 5 times more than with The National Lottery. As well The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Monday will contribute to a wide range of charities including Barnados, The British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Trees for Cities, Shelter and WWF.

Paul Gauntlett, Director of Development from the Foundation says:- “We are thrilled to be part of the Monday lottery, a revolutionary new fundraising initiative with potential to transform our charity and will enable us to reach significantly more beneficiaries. The monies raised will be used to fund our unique research into the early detection of lung cancer which is crucial to providing treatment and thereby saving thousands of lives. Unrestricted funds are so vitally important to our charity because they enable us to support or core work and to accelerate our research programme.”

Monday aims to raise £150 million for UK registered charities each year, making it one of the largest charitable fundraisers in the UK. Furthermore, the cash will reach the charities within days of each draw and it’s unrestricted, leaving the most qualified people, the charities themselves, to decide how best to spend the funds raised. And for the first time it’s the players who decide which charity gets their cash.

Because Monday's a fairer lottery in all respects there are some clever twists to normal lottery play:

· There will be 2 jackpot draws instead of 1. So if people don’t win in the first, they can still win in the second

· Because matching all 6 numbers is near impossible, the player/s with the nearest match to the 6 winning numbers will get the jackpot

· Because roll-overs don’t seem fair, there are none, so there are guaranteed jackpot winners every week

· Rather than giving crazy amounts of money to one person, Monday's lottery will give bigger cash prizes for matching 3, 4 and 5 numbers

There’s also no chance of losing your ticket and no last minute rushes to the newsagent, as Monday is played online at www.playmonday.com. The first draw is May 8 at 8 o’clock and then on every Monday thereafter.

Monday is run by Chariot (UK) plc on behalf of its charity partners. Tim Holley, who ran Camelot until 2001, is Chariot’s Chairman. As he explained:- "People want a fairer lottery. This common frustration has led to the creation of Monday. We’ve taken three years to develop this and know it will succeed because it rewards players and charities alike. We like to think that Monday is the lottery for unlucky people – the vast majority who have played the lottery since it started but have never won anything. At a pound a week that’s potentially £592 spent with no return. With Monday people will have a much better chance of winning.”

Just as players will benefit from the new lottery so will Monday's charity partners. From the larger charities which will receive a much needed source of unrestricted funding, to the smaller ones who find it a struggle to apply for grants and additional funding because of red tape and the time it can take for the money to reach them.

Peter Brown Craven Minor League

Results Week Ending April 23
Under 16 - Division 1

Formby JSC 1-2 Kirkys
Southport FC Juniors 0-4 Skelmersdale United
Halsall 1-4 Town Green

Under 16 - Division 2
Lonsdale 2-4 Redgate Rovers
Ormskirk West End 3-5 Ainsdale

Under 15 - Division 1
Rainford Rangers 9-1 Burscough FC Juniors
Aintree Villa 6-1 Ormskirk West End
Holborn 3-2 Southport FC Juniors

Under 14
Southport FC Juniors - Great Crosby United
Town Green - Burscough FC Juniors
Ainsdale - Barlows Juniors
Southport Trinity - Formby JSC
Woodland - Redgate Rovers

Under 13
Birkdale United 3-5 Town Green A
Southport Trinity 1-5 Southport FC Juniors

Under 12 - Division 1
Town Green 8-0 Southport Trinity
Formby JSC 0-3 Thornton Youth

Under 12 - Division 2
Winsfield 5-1 Southport FC Juniors
Halsall B 1-5 Formby JSC B

Under 11 - Division 1
Burscough FC Juniors 2-3 Churchtown Jaguars
Redgate Rovers 4-7 Formby JSC
Town Green 3-0 Pilkington

Under 11 - Division 2
Ormskirk West End 5-2 Ainsdale
Southport FC Juniors 5-3 Rainford Rangers
Kingsford 2-4 Burscough FC Juniors

Under 10 - Eagles
Southport Trinity 2-1 Redgate Rovers
Bickerstaffe 0-1 Formby JSC
Town Green 7-2 Rainford Rangers

Under 10 - Hawks
Burscough FC Juniors 0-4 Birkdale United
Ainsdale 8-3 Halsall
Southport FC Juniors B 4-1 Hesketh Bank
Formby JSC 5-0 Hesketh Colts
Burscough FC Juniors 2-5 Redgate Rovers
Birkdale United 0-0 Southport Trinity

Under 9 - Leopards
Town Green 7-3 Redgate Rovers A
Burscough FC Juniors1-2 Southport FC Juniors A

Under 8
Birkdale United 2-1 Town Green

Match Reports for week ending April 23

Under 11
Town Green 3-0 Pilkingtons

With the league title already secured by Town Green this game could have been played as a typical, meaningless end of season game but that was not to be. Pilks turned up looking for revenge as the home side had narrowly beaten them in last weeks cup final.  They started strongly with Matty Bierne in tremendous form but after 15 minutes it was T.G. who opened the scoring when James McGregor cracked in a shot from just inside the box. The next action came from Peter Culkin. Normally known for his superb defensive ability. he took two defenders on and unleashed a great shot that missed the post by inches. Manager John Doolan then made two inspired substitutions. The first was Vinnie Holligan who immediately took the defence on and rammed the ball home. The second was Tom Peterson who scored the third goal with a left foot curler.   The game was still a great contest With Jay Francis working hard in midfield for Town Green and James Leach marshalling the Pilks rearguard but no further goals were scored. MOM were the 2 keepers; Phil Ivens for T.G. and Lewis Jones for Pilkingtons.

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