As bingo clubs have always has been closely tied to the communities in which they operate they have always done their bit for local charities. But, there is more to it than bingo halls doing a bit of ‘good PR’ by showing that they care, a lot of bingo halls really do make a difference.
All the big brands are hot on charity initiatives, especially at Christmas, but many clubs are doing good works throughout the year to support local causes. While we would never like to say that one brand is a greater contributor than any other (they all do well), we have to say that two Mecca Bingo clubs are really shining the light with a joint contribution of £1 million pounds.
First up, Mecca Bingo in Bridgwater have raised £500,000 for the charity Carers Trust. The money was raised from a host of activities throughout the year including a ‘Wear Your Onesie’ day, and staff have also very kindly given their time as volunteer workers to support local Carers Trust Network Partners.
The trust supports carers whose efforts often go unrecognised and unpaid. The money raised by the club has contributed to money being given to over 1,000 carers. Money is used to buy essentials, and support training for new skills for carers. Also, importantly, money is used to provide breaks for carers who are often relied on 24/7 for support without having any respite themselves. Original article.
Staff from Mecca Bingo in Brierley Hill have also managed to raise the same amount of money for the Carers Trust. Both clubs are part of the partnership initiative between Mecca owners the Rank Group and The Carers Trust, which was launched in February 2014. The Princess Royal has been involved with the charity from the outset, and was at The Royal Horseguards Hotel on March 11th to help staff and the trust celebrate the fantastic contribution. Original article.
Well done to the staff at both clubs, it’s great to see a bit of fun and hard work really making a difference.
By: Gareth Whieldon