altA group of daredevil employees from Mecca Bingo in Gateshead have been taking part in a rather scary stunt this month, and it's all in aid of their chosen charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

In early September 2012, six brave colleagues got together to make their journey to the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre to take part in an extreme bingo challenge. Their mission was to play their favourite game whilst tackling some intimidating white water rapids. Luckily, the club’s Membership Manager, Linda Carr, said beforehand that they had “some serious adrenaline junkies” who were “mad enough to take part in this event.”

The Gateshead Mecca team has been raising funds for their local Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle for some time now. The cash raised by their latest exploits will help to continue the provision of free support and nursing care for the terminally ill in their local community. A spokeswoman for the charity said that every £20 raised by the intrepid adventurers would help provide an hour of nursing care, and that they are extremely grateful for all of Mecca’s support.

The fearless lads and lasses of the Gateshead team managed to raise over £1,000, and were even featured performing their challenge live on the BBC News website. Their tricky assignment required them to use water-proof dabbers and laminated game cards, as they traversed the waters of the Tees Barrage. We just hope they didn’t lose all their bingo balls somewhere in the rapids!

At other branches of Mecca, staff are resorting to even scarier extremes in their fundraising missions. One team is playing bingo at the top of Ben Nevis, whilst another group will be hoping for a full house while swimming with sharks.

Mecca Bingo lets their players and staff give something back by nominating a charity each year. Even their online site joins in on the action, and currently holds a Marie Curie Cancer Care Week on the first week of every month (1st to 7th). For every £1 they make in the Two Little Ducks room, they donate 40p to this very worthwhile cause, so every time players purchase tickets at 25p each, they can help contribute.

We want to know what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done for charity, or for the love of bingo? Perhaps you’ve abseiled down a crazily-high building, or had your head or legs shaved?

Would you like to see your local club or favourite games site doing more for charities like Marie Curie Cancer Care? Do write in and let us know!

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