altRecently, there’s been a streak of unusual wins across the UK. From Bristol to Burton-on-Trent, lucky ladies have been celebrating cash wins without even having to visit their local bingo halls… Down in Bristol, in the south-west of England, the local Evening Post newspaper started an exclusive “Roads to Riches” promotion at the beginning of March 2013. Each paper purchased also came with a bingo-style card, which required readers to tick off local road names which were printed through the week in order to complete their cards. Those with full houses were required to call in, giving the verification code shown on their card in order to collect a £100 prize.

One of the first week’s winners was 70-year-old Sandra Hawkes from the Henbury area, who simply couldn’t believe her luck. Horfield resident, Sue White, didn’t believe her win until she contacted the newspaper to confirm it, and is now intending to use her winnings to buy birthday presents for her twelve grandchildren.

The “Roads to Riches” promotion runs for six weeks, and rather than marking off the usual bingo numbers, players have to tick off ten Bristol road names in order to claim a full house.

Meanwhile, up in Burton-on-Trent, another group of bingo-loving ladies are celebrating an extra-special win. The town’s Community Centre in Queen Street has received a £300 donation from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund, which aims to help charities and small community groups around the UK by giving them cash awards. The lucky group in question on this occasion are aptly-named “The Bingo Ladies,” and are all Burton pensioners who meet weekly to have a gossip over a cup of tea and play bingo.

The manager of Queen Street Community Centre, Sue Powell, told a local Burton newspaper that the donation couldn’t have “come at a better time.” The lady who runs the group not only offers free lifts to her fellow members each week, but also often spends her own money on prizes and books, so Galaxy’s cash award will “be a tremendous help in keeping the group going, and offering some rather special prizes.”

Any charity or community group can be nominated for a Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund award, and entries are open until 31st March 2013. Do you know of any bingo-loving local community groups and charities that you think deserve additional funding, and what would be your reasons for nominating them?