A 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
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
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
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!