Charity Bingo Organiser Has Raised More Than £100,000 For Charities

Written by: Nikola Zugic on 27/08/2010 12:20

Bingo has long been a vehicle for driving charity donations to small and local charities as well as larger concerns. Bingo games are traditionally held in church halls, parish centres, and other local community centres and while there isn’t usually a cash prize, players do stand to win very good prizes and jackpots. One charity obsessed bingo organiser has been arranging bingo games in various venues throughout Wales since 1985 and has raised £100,000 for various charities as a result.

Ray O’Brien started his charity bingo games back in 1985. The first game was arranged to help raise money for St Timothy’s Church in Ely. Following the success of that particular game, the former Halfords worker then set up something similar to help his local scout troop. Since then, Ray hasn’t looked back and more recent charity bingo games he’s organised have helped raise cash for the special needs unit at St Davids Hospital in Canton.

Having raised £300 in the first night, Ray and equally devoted wife Margaret, were invited to the Christmas party. Ray said that he was aware that the workers bought children in the unit Christmas presents using their own money but thanks to Ray’s efforts that wasn’t necessary.

Ray is so devoted to his charity work that he returns from holiday on a Friday so that he can arrange the prize bingo games. Apparently, during his 25 years of arranging the game, Ray has seen several generations of the same families become regular players in his games such is the attraction.

Do you arrange charity bingo games?

Do you play in prize bingo games without the draw of cash prizes?

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