St Wilfrid's Hospice is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients, families and carers facing a life-limiting illness in Eastbourne and the surrounding towns & villages. The Hospice provides support at end of life, but the majority of their work focuses on supporting those with life-limiting illnesses who have many more years to live.

The services at St Wilfrid's Hospice are completely without charge, meaning they’re available to anyone who needs to use them. Nobody should be left without care at the end of their life. This is only made possible by the ongoing support and kindness from the local community.

Local Hospice Lottery is a not-for-profit weekly lottery that helps provide hospices across Great Britain with a regular and sustainable income. In 2020 for each £1 entry in the weekly draw Local Hospice Lottery gave an average of 68p to hospice care – that’s substantially higher than other good cause lotteries, such as The National Lottery or The Health Lottery. Since 1997 Local Hospice Lottery has contributed in excess of £39 million to hospice care. You can play the Local Hospice Lottery in support of Peace Hospice Care.

Prizes & odds of winning

How Proceeds are Spent and Odds of Winning

In 2020, £9.17 million was raised from ticket sales, with 3% spent on prizes, 12% spent on administration and management and 17% reinvested to recruit new lottery members.  The remaining 68% was given to hospice care – an amazing total of £6.28 million. Based on estimated draw-entry numbers, the likelihood of winning a prize in the weekly draw is, on average, 1 in 960.  Similarly, for our March & September Super Draws the likelihood of winning a prize is estimated at 1 in 1,175 and for our Christmas Super Draw is 1 in 4,335.


How winners are determined and prizes allocated

On joining you will be allocated a unique game number(s). Winning game numbers are selected from the unique game numbers of all players entering the draw by using licensed Random Number Generator (RNG) software. The player with the first game number randomly selected wins the £2,000 prize (or the £10,000 prize if a Super Draw). All other prizes are then allocated in the same sequence as the game numbers are drawn. As part of this process, the £1,000 prize in the regular weekly draw will either be won or rolled over to a maximum of £25,000.

Read Jan's Story

When Pam Baisden was admitted to St Wilfrid’s Hospice, it was for end of life care. Pam, 83, from Uckfield, had fallen in March and fractured her femur. She was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and was later tested for, and diagnosed with Covid-19.


Over the coming weeks, she became increasingly frail and was admitted to the hospice with the prognosis that she would likely die in the next few days or weeks. The hospice team made a plan of care for Pam, which included nursing and medical care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.


Against the odds, Pam turned a corner and started to regain strength and mobility. Amazingly, on the 1st June, she was discharged and returned home with her husband Alan by her side. It was wonderful to see staff and volunteers involved in Pam’s care, lining the hospice’s entrance, clapping and cheering as she left. Since returning home, the Occupational Therapy team have visited Pam at home to ensure her recovery continues.


Pam said: ‘It has been a remarkable recovery. While I was apprehensive about coming home, the hospice has helped me to cope with that. It’s wonderful to get out in my garden and be with Alan again. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped care for me.’


Ruth Bacon, Head of Inpatient Care, said: ‘Pam was very frail on admission but her two goals were to see her husband and to return home. With her fighting spirit and determination and the hard work of all the different teams, we were able to achieve a successful outcome, which is wonderful.’


By playing the Local Hospice Lottery, you will be helping to raise funds for hospices across the UK, enabling them to continue providing end of life care to patients like Pam.

Why should I support St Wilfrid's Hospice?

Situated between a retail park and a college, St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne really is an integral part of the community. Although the award-winning, purpose-built building which was officially opened by HRH Duchess of Cornwall, has only been in use since October 2013, the hospice has been open for patients with any progressive life-limiting illness since 1983.


Serving a catchment area of over 230,000 that extends from Eastbourne out into surrounding towns and villages, the Hospice looks after over 1,500 patients every year. Its care is delivered via its 20-bed inpatient unit as well as the Wellbeing Centre, which has its own gym and offers treatments, classes and counselling. There is also a Hospice at Home team who visit and care for patients in their own homes. The Triage Service provides patients and health professionals a direct number they can call at any time of day or night and speak to one of its Registered Nurses for help, advice and reassurance. Collectively, the services provided address the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of the patient and support the family facing, and living with, loss.


Aiming to encourage the community to use the beautiful building and its gardens, the hospice has a café in its central area, The Street. This light, open space at the heart of the hospice regularly plays host to lunchtime recitals and other events.


All of the Hospice’s services are given completely free of charge and this simply would not be possible without the ongoing generosity and goodwill of the community it serves. Every year they need to raise £5 million to continue to run and deliver their specialist services in Eastbourne and the surrounding towns and villages.