Monthly fundraising bingo sessions set to get back to normal

A cheque for £5,000 from a previous bingo session being handed over from the organisers to Sally Daniels, fundraising manager at My WiSH.

Bingo sessions are about to get back to normal for a group of fundraisers but they have issued an appeal for prizes.

Tracey Tatum has been running the monthly events with her husband Anthony for the past five years and have raised a total of £9,741.20 for the My WiSH Charity.

The money is then distributed to various areas of the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, which is supported by the charity.

However, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic Tracy, who lives in Sudbury, has not been able to run the sessions and has missed up to 18 months of fundraising.

Now they have planned to get back to some kind of normality at the Stevenson Centre, in Great Cornard, on Saturday, August 28, starting at 6pm.

They normally attract between 40 and 50 people at a time with those attending paying £10 for a bingo book and a further £2 for a jackpot “flyer” towards the end of the session.

“We are trying to get everyone back together again as it has been a long while since we last held a session,” said Tracey.

But she appealed for businesses and individuals to donate prizes for their raffle that they hold midway through the evening.

Tesco in Bury St Edmunds have pledged a prize and the Sugar Shack, in Sudbury, has promised to donate a couple of sweet bags but there is a need for more.

The bingo events originally started at the Snooker Hall, in North Street, Sudbury, before moving to the Rugby Club, then onto Well Hall Old School, all in Great Cornard, before they finally set foot in their current home at the Stevenson Centre.

“It has been well worth the move as we have a bigger place which can hold a few more people,” said Tracy, who also praised the assistance they receive from volunteers to run the sessions.

And anyone who can donate a prize can leave a message on their Facebook page at and it will be collected.

Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for My WiSH, thanked Tracy saying:, “It’s so lovely to know the bingo evenings can be held again. This event means so much to those that attend and, for some, it’s their only night out in the month so getting together with friends and having some fun is just so important. The money raised is just incredible too and we cannot thank Tracy and her team enough for their continued support”.


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