On Thursday 12 September, the last Mary How Trust bingo will take place at Storrington Village Hall. The popular monthly bingo evenings have been running for 12 years, and have raised £13,000 to give local men and women the chance to benefit from early detection of cancer and other serious illness.
The Mary How Trust has taken the decision to call time on its bingo following the retirement of bingo caller Alan French, and the event’s lead volunteer Jacinta White.
Roanne Moore, the charity’s fundraising manager, explained: “We’re very grateful to Alan and Jacinta for looking after the bingo evenings so brilliantly for several years – they’ve played a huge part in the evenings’ success, and they’re a hard act to follow!
“We hoped to find someone to step into their shoes, but people lead busy lives and we haven’t been successful. Never say never, though! If we can find a bingo caller and someone to organise the monthly evenings, then we’d be delighted to re-launch our bingo. It’s such a fun and well-loved event, and has helped to give so many local families a healthier future.”
For now, the event on 12 September is “79 – One More Time” to play Mary How Trust bingo.
Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7:30pm. There will be celebratory refreshments, and the chance to win a £50 jackpot sponsored by LMC Auto Services.
Roanne added: “This is our chance to thank the friends who launched our bingo back in 2007, and all the lovely players and volunteers who’ve made this such a special monthly get-together for the past 12 years.”