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Variety 2015

October 2015

Bingo Loves Variety - 2015 Mecca Harlow
Miles Baron, Rob Halfon MP and Brian Robertson of Variety

It has been a fantastic year, with bingo operators, staff and players all working hard to raise much needed funds for Variety, the children's charity.

Having reached our first year target of £250,0000 this October there was plenty to celebrate!  On Friday 2 October lots of MPs across the country paid a visit to their local club to celebrate such a great achievement - our thanks to:

Chris Bryant MP for  Rhondda 
Hywel Williams MP for Arfon, North Wales
Nicky Morgan MP for  Loughborough
Anna Turley MP for  Redcar
Peter Aldous MP for Waveney
Alok Sharma MP for Reading West
Steve Double MP for St Austell & Newquay
Dr Lisa Cameron MP for E Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Owen Thompson MP for Midlothian 
Eilidah Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan 
Douglas Chapman MP for Dunfermline & West Fife 
Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth 
Patrick Grady MP for Glasgow North
Drew Hendry MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenock & Strathspey
Gislea Stuart MP for Bartley Green, Edgbaston, Harborne & Quinton
Tom Pursglove MP for Corby & E Northamptonshire
Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney
Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East
Owen Smith MP for Pontypridd
Rachael Maskell MP for York Central
Craig Williams MP for  Cardiff North
George Howarth MP for Knowsley 
Karin Smyth MP for Bristol South
Caroline Dineage MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-Solent
Flick Drummond MP for  Portsmouth South
Mark Tami MP for Alyn & Deeside
Ed Vaizey MP for  Didcot & Wantage
Matt Warman MP for Boston & Skegness 
John Mc Nally MP for Falkirk
Stuart McDonald MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East
Alan Brown MP for Kilmarnock& Loudoun
Henry Smith MP for Crawley
Cllr June Derbyshire Mayor of Kettering
Kerry McCarthy MP for Bristol East
Harry Harpham MP for Sheffield, Brightside & Hillsborough
Joanna Cherry MP for Edinburgh South West 
John Glen MP for Salisbury
Emma Lewell-Buck MP for South Shields 
Kelly Tolhurst MP for Rochester & Strood
Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside
Dan Jarvis MP for Barnsley Central
Alan Whitehead MP for Southampton Test
Ian Lavery MP for Wansbeck
Mark Lancaster MP for Milton Keynes North
Richard Burden MP for Birmingham Northfield
Karl McCartney MP for Lincoln
Fiona Mactaggart MP for Slough
Judith Cummins MP for Bradford South
Richard Graham MP for Gloucester 
Jess Phillips MP for Yardley
Pat McFadden MP for Wolverhampton South E
Corri Wilson MP for Yyr, Carrick and Cumnock
Kit Malthouse MP for North West Hampshire
Mike Wood MP for Dudley South
Heidi Alexander MP for Lewisham East
Keir Starmer MP for Holborn & St Pancras
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP For Torfaen
Paula Sherriff MP for Dewsbury
John McDonnell MP for  Hayes & Harlington
Justin Madders MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston
Jon Ashworth MP for Leicester South
Adrian Bailey MP for West Bromwich West 
Deidre Brock MP for Edinburgh North & Leith
Robert Halfon MP for Harlow
Ian Lucas MP for Wrexham
Kevin Hopkins MP for Luton North
Siobhain McDonagh MP for Mitcham & Morden
Sir Gerald Kaufman MP for  Gorton
Simon Danczuk MP for Rochdale
Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North
Margaret Ferrier MP for Rutherglen & Hamilton West 
Catherine West MP for Hornsey & Wood Greeen
Rebecca Pow MP for  Taunton Deane
Jamie Reed MP for Copeland
Sua Hayman MP for Workington
Rebecca Harris MP for Castle Point
Pauline Latham MP for Mid Derbyshire

Read more about the presentations in The Variety Issue of BINGO Life here.
 
Majestic Bingo - Out On a Wing




April 2015

Following the launch announcement in January of fund-raising for Variety, all independent clubs received a fundraising brief, packed full of ideas as well as a balloons and a box of golden harts with a collection can, to have in place throughout the year. 

Gala and Mecca will be joiing the rest of the industry in fund-raising in early September, in the meantime Carlton Bingo have kicked off theri activity.


Carlton Bingo

From 16th March for one week Carlton Bingo held a number of co-ordinated events across clubs including free games, draws and staff sponsored events which helped raise over £6,000.  Mike Watret of Carlton Bingo said:

"I am very proud of all our clubs in raising over £6,000 in the first week of activity.  Thank you to all of our customers and staff for their support.  We will continue fundraising for this great cause during 2015 and will be participating in a number of industry planned events later in the year."


Carlton Bingo

Miles Baron said, "I am delighted that clubs are now starting to become engaged with raising money for Variety, a special thank you to Carlton Bingo for a superb effort."

Other monies raised in March have been from Gala Bingo, who donated nearly £400 following a charity football match against.  As of April 2015, £8,283 has been raised.


Gala Bingo - Charity Football Match
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