altWe recently published an article about a competition being run in a local Devon newspaper. Bristol’s Evening Post has captured the attention of its city’s residents with a bingo-style promotion called “Roads to Riches”, in which winners have to tick off ten Bristol road names in order to claim a Full House. The competition is running over a six-week period and started back at the beginning of March 2013. Each purchaser of the newspaper receives a free bingo card, and different road names are published throughout the week as well as being announced on a local radio station. So far, the prize for a Full House has been a cheque for £100, and seven readers have made valid claims so far. However, a local couple from the Patchway area won nine times the usual amount thanks to a £900 roll-over. 34-year-old Karen Taylor is a health and social care assessor, and picked up her free bingo card with the March 11th edition of the Evening Post. The same morning, she tuned into the her local Jack FM radio station to check what the daily road name was, and was shocked to hear Stapleton Road read out, which was the very one printed on her card. The radio station has been running an additional daily bonus prize throughout the promotional period and, as there had been no winners for the past nine days, Mrs. Taylor and her husband Andy landed the £900 roll-over. The couple have recently spent money on landscaping their back garden, so this tremendous win means that they can now pay off their credit card bills. When asked how she felt about the good news, Mrs. Taylor said she was feeling “absolutely ecstatic.”

Meanwhile, in the neighbouring county of Somerset, bingo players have also been celebrating in the town of Chard. Bingo-lovers travelled from locations all over the county, including Misterton and Ilminster, to play for a Full House at a charity event held at the Bishop’s Court retirement living scheme. Between them, they managed to raise £300 for the Yeovil Freewheelers, which survives purely on donations - the majority of which come from the public. The charity is part of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, and helps to transport urgently-needed medical items (such as blood, medicines, and medical notes) between Yeovil District Hospital and patients in their homes, free-of-charge.

So far, it seems to be a successful month of bingo-ing for the residents of south-west England. If you’re from the area, have you had a big win recently, or helped to raise money for a local or national charity via a bingo event?