Windfall for cancer charity

MECCA Bingo in Scarborough has helped to raise more than £280,000 for their chosen charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The club, in Albemarle Crescent, was one of 103 Mecca Bingo clubs across the UK to take part in fundraising activities for the charity, which provides free nursing care for terminally ill people in local communities across the UK.

The total raised by the clubs brings the overall amount to £287,000 – £87,000 more than the original target – raised by The Rank Group PLC.

Events which took place at clubs throughout the year included a sponsored body wax, an It’s a Knockout Tournament and a mass abseil. Clubs also organised cake sales, tombolas, themed party nights and Blooming Great Tea Parties to raise funds for the charity.

Tim Stobart, manager at the Mecca Bingo club in Scarborough, said: “I’ve been so impressed with the drive and enthusiasm the team members have shown over the past year when it came to organising fundraising events at the club. The impressive result achieved goes to show just how hard everyone has worked.

“We also mustn’t forget that this impressive result is also down to our generous customers – we wouldn’t have been able to do this without them. We’re looking forward to continuing to support Marie Curie Cancer Care throughout 2011.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care community fundraiser, Cheryl Barrett, said: “The way in which the Mecca Bingo members and customers at the club have embraced the fundraising challenge for Marie Curie Cancer Care has been fantastic. The wonderful amount raised will help make a difference to terminally ill people and their families. Giving more people the choice to spend their final days in their own home, the place they most want to be.”