Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is encouraging local people to sign up to its lottery to help change the lives of children and adults living with disabilities in the county. For just £1 a week there is the chance to win £25,000, plus other cash prizes.


Sarah Long, whose son Adam is supported by the charity’s children’s team, won £1,000 after five of her numbers matched the ones that were drawn. There have also been 30 other winners over the last year, winning from £5 to £25.



The lottery draw takes place every Saturday, with each entry costing just £1. When you join the lottery, you’re allocated your own six-digit lottery number. A random winning number is drawn – the aim is to match the winning numbers. There are various prizes right up to the jackpot prize of £25,000. For every £1 entry, 50p will help Diverse Abilities’ work locally and you will be making a difference.


The more people that play, the more funds the charity raises to fulfil the lives of local people with disabilities.


Sarah said: “While it’s fun to play I know that I am helping to support the charity at the same time which is fantastic. Diverse Abilities is a fantastic charity, and this is a great way to get involved and help them raise funds.”


By taking part in the charity’s lottery, you will be supporting children like Bobby who attends Langside School.


Bobby needs a great deal of specialist care and support as he is fed via a pump connected straight to his bowel which is running 24 hours a day, as well as requiring suctioning throughout the day and night as he vomits and gags up to 20 times a day. Although Bobby’s parents don’t know what the future might hold for little Bobby, he is already growing and developing more than they could have ever wished for, thanks largely to Diverse Abilities’ specialist school.



Bobby benefits from regular hydrotherapy in the school’s pool and daily support from the physiotherapists and occupational therapists.  He has his own individually tailored sensory curriculum personalised to his learning needs and attends the school’s Caterpillar Club for young children with disabilities which his mum can attend with his younger sister.


Bobby’s mum, Leanne, said: “He is so happy when he is at Langside School, full of smiles. We want to say a massive thank you to Diverse Abilities and would like to encourage as many as people as possible to sign up to the lottery so the charity can support Bobby and other children just like him.”


To find out more or to sign up online, visit or call the charity’s fundraising team on 01202 718266.