Bingo players from Howard Estate, Bury St Edmunds net £1,355.40 for local causes

HEART Bingo nights raise funds for BFP dementia campaign

Pictured: Treasurer Sue Bluett, Vice Chair Trevor Bluett, Cllr Bob Cockle and Chairman of the HEART group Ernie Broom ANL-160208-154629009
HEART Bingo nights raise funds for BFP dementia campaign Pictured: Treasurer Sue Bluett, Vice Chair Trevor Bluett, Cllr Bob Cockle and Chairman of the HEART group Ernie Broom ANL-160208-154629009
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Keen bingo players on the Howard Estate in Bury St Edmunds have raised £1,355.40 for charity.

The Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (HEART) introduced the charity bingo nights at Newbury Community Centre a year ago in order to encourage more people to use the centre.

The money raised will be shared between St Nicholas Hospice Care, the Rainbow Diabetic Ward, the Bury Free Press Alzheimer Campaign - BFP Beat Dementia, and towards a wheelchair for local man Andrew Gaskell.

Cllr Bob Cockle helped with money from his locality budget which enabled the association to purchase the bingo machine.

Ernie Broom, chairman of HEART, said: “We want to raise money for local people and charity and at the same time get people inside the centre.

“It’s actually far exceeded any of our expectations and raised money for lots of different organisations.”

He said the activity’s success was down to the hard work and dedication of members of the community including Sue Bluett, HEART treasurer, and Trevor Bluett, vice-chairman.

Here Sue and Trevor join Cllr Bob Cockle and Ernie.