The role of bingo has been central to communities up and down the country for decades. As a social meeting point, the bingo hall has brought together men and women of all ages. However, bingo has been more than just a social activity, the bingo community has always been the heart of the local communities, helping those less fortunate and raising millions for charities. Whether it's TOWIE's Pete Wicks hosting a live bingo for animal charities, free bingo for carers, or breaking bingo world records, there continues to be a long tradition of bingo helping others.
That tradition is continuing with Mecca Bingo on Carmarthen Road in Swansea bussing in homeless people from the city centre to the bingo hall and give them a festive slap-up Christmas meal free of charge.
On Sunday 15th December (today), buses will be provided by Mecca Bingo Swansea to collect rough sleepers from Whitewalls and sit them down for a hot, Christmas meal complete with crackers and all the trimmings. After the meal, buses will be provided to take the homeless back to the city centre.
Mecca Bingo employees will be giving up their time for free, whilst teaming up with local charity Where's Doris, who will be providing transport to the bingo venue for anyone in need of food and shelter. Already, regular visitors to the popular bingo club have been busy donating warm clothes and duvets which will be distributed amongst Sunday's visitors.
Kim Jones, the general manager at the Mecca Swansea said of the event:
“This Christmas season is the worst time of the year for the homeless to be sleeping on the streets.
“The weather is dangerously cold and it's important for them to find shelter and food.
“Not only that but Christmas is a time of giving which is why our employees have donated their time for this fantastic cause.
“We're looking forward to chatting with any guests that visit the club this Sunday.”
The Care Continues
As well as the festive treat, Mecca Bingo Swansea will also be hosting a care for the community drive every Tuesday afternoon starting from January 7th. Entitled ‘Ladies That Lunch', the events will involve local shelters for the elderly and will include bottomless coffee or tea, a lunch and of course, a game or two of bingo.
Well done Mecca Swansea!