Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy


Cookies’ are used on almost every website. They are small text files that are saved on your computer to help the site perform a number of functions. We only use cookies for one reason and that is to monitor the number of people using our site and help us understand more about the way in which people use our website.

New EU regulations affecting the use of cookies recently came into force and the Information Commissioner’s Office has issued guidance on the use of cookies on UK sites. At St Gemma’s & Wheatfields Hospice Lottery, we are committed to protecting your privacy and security and we are currently working towards ensuring that we meet the new regulations in full.

Cookies used by the St Gemma’s & Wheatfields Hospice Lottery website:

  • Do not contain any personally identifiable information about you or information such as passwords.
  • Do not and cannot allow us to access other information stored on your computer.
  • Do not and cannot give us information about other websites you visit or your activities on other websites.
  • Do not store any information about you that others could read and understand, or in any way compromise your security.
  • Do allow us to monitor the number of people using our website and collectively monitor their activities. We cannot identify what you, as an individual, do on our site.
  • Do allow us to see how people arrive at our site (e.g. search for ‘Hospicelottery’ on a search engine, or click on an email we have sent)
  • Do allow us to collectively gather a little technical information about people using our site, such as their geographic location (to city level) and the type of web browsers they are using. We cannot identify where you, as an individual, are located or the software or services you are using.

We use Google Analytics with our website. Google Analytics is Google’s free web analytics tool that helps us understand how our visitors engage with our website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously, and much like examining footprints in sand, it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Analytics uses its own set of cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. We can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with our website so we can improve our website and how people find it. Google Analytics use a different set of cookies for each website and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites. As an Analytics customer we are obliged to notify our users of our use of analytics software. To disable this type of cookie, some browsers will indicate when a cookie is being sent and allow you to decline cookies on a case-by-case basis. In addition to declining cookies, you can also install the Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on in your browser, which prevents Google Analytics from collecting information about your website visits. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. Google’s privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

St. Gemma’s & Wheatfields Hospice Lottery welcomes any questions about its cookie policy. Please contact us at info@hospicelottery.co.uk