Organisations across Watford gathered to celebrate the town's first anniversary of the Community Lottery which saw more than £30k donated.

The anniversary was marked during a Community Network event hosted by Watford Borough Council.

Attendees from various charities and community groups had an opportunity to discuss opportunities to bolster community services around the town.

The Watford Community Lottery was a highlight of the event.

Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: "Our community organisations play a crucial role in Watford, and it is encouraging to see so many groups working together.

"The success of the Watford Community Lottery highlights the strong community spirit in our town.

"We remain committed to supporting these essential organisations."

The lottery, similarly to conventional lotteries, works by residents buying tickets for £1 per week with a top prize of £25,000.

At least 60 per cent of each ticket sold goes to support causes in Watford.

Funds in excess of £30,000 have been distributed over the first year to support community projects across Watford.

Sharing their experience, Watford Swimming Club highlighted how lottery funds have transformed training programmes, supported more swimmers and enabled crucial equipment upgrades.

More information about the Watford Community Lottery can be found at