Forth bingo sessions are big winners for children’s charity

Cath Shirra handing over all money and cheques raised at prize bingos to Laura Campbell at Rachel House in Kinross
Cath Shirra handing over all money and cheques raised at prize bingos to Laura Campbell at Rachel House in Kinross

Efforts to raise cash for a boys football team have paid off big-style for sick children.

A cheque for £1750 has already been handed over to staff at Rachel House, the Kinross hospice run by CHAS, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland... and there’s more to come.

The cash boost was born out of efforts by Cath Shirra to help her pal Lynn Mackie raise money for the Carmuirs Colts boys football team.

Cath said: “Forth Bingo gave us some books of bingo tickets for a night to raise money for the team. But one of the conditions was we also hold a bingo session for a charity.

“I thought I had enough prizes to do one, so agreed. But, after picking CHAS as the charity to help, we decided to take it a bit further and went round local businesses asking for their support. We were amazed by the response.”

Cath said that she was given so many prizes, she was able to organise not just one bingo night, but two ... and money raising efforts are continuing.

She added: “Despite giving a lot of bottles away as prizes, we still had loads left. They’ve been made up into drinks hampers and are now being offered as raffle prizes. One of the raffles is being held at Moffat’s Foundry and another at Class One Traffic Management nearby.

Staff and customers at Dennyloanhead’s Crown Hotel have also been collecting.

“The response from the people of Bonnybridge has been terrific and we are now working towards holding one more bingo session, probably in February or March, with the proceeds once again going to CHAS.”

Cath said that the pair chose CHAS because it is entirely self-supporting, depending on the fundraising efforts of members of the public. It is an amazing charity and it was wonderful getting the chance to see the work they do.”

“We’re very grateful to the companies that gave and to all out friends who helped.”