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Romford bingo hall hosts Bushtucker Trial to celebrate raising £2million for carer’s charity in less than five years

PUBLISHED: 14:13 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 27 July 2018

Mecca Bingo's Rebecca Reeves and Mark Brenton carrying out a bushtucker trial in honour of the company hitting its £2million fundraising milestone. Photo: Mecca Bingo

Mecca Bingo's Rebecca Reeves and Mark Brenton carrying out a bushtucker trial in honour of the company hitting its £2million fundraising milestone. Photo: Mecca Bingo

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Mecca Bingo Romford team members are celebrating after successfully hitting their £2million fundraising target for the Carer’s Trust in just over four years.

The partnership between Carers Trust and the Rank Group, which owns Mecca and Grosvenor Casinos, first began in February 2014, and since then, employees at Mecca Bingo Romford in The Mercury Shopping Centre have worked hard to raise as much money as possible.

To recognise the team’s amazing work in hitting the huge fundraising milestone last week, managers agreed to take on a bushtucker trial challenge, which included a menu of creepy crawlies, from critter cocktails, to mealworms and buffalo worms on a bed of lettuce sprinkled with dry cricket flour.

Kevin Smith , General Manager at Mecca Romford: “We’re incredibly proud of the efforts of all or our team members and most importantly, our customers and everyone in Romford, who has dug deep into their pockets to help us to support such a worthwhile charity.

“The sad reality is that three in five people will become carers in the UK at some point in their lives and with seven million carers in the UK already, it’s crucial that there is funding available to provide the important support they need.

“We’re delighted to know that we have contributed in some way to the invaluable help the charity offers, and will continue our fundraising endeavours to ensure Carers Trust can carry on assisting the amazing people who desperately need their support.”

And Giles Meyer, Carers Trust chief executive, added: “We are overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo in Romford.

“They have gone above and beyond once again and we’re delighted to continue our partnership.”

The funds raised wgo towards Rank Cares Grant Funds which provide financial support to carers aged 16 and above to help remove the barriers placed on a person by their caring role and reduce some of the stress and isolation that can come with caring.

Since February 2014 the partnership has helped more than 9,000 carers combat social isolation by providing essential equipment, much-needed breaks, the opportunity to learn new skills, and the chance to meet other carers.

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