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Fun bingo helps to raise £1,000 for neonatal unit

Jane Hampton, Roy Hampton and Linda Bailey

Bingo sessions have combined to provide double delight for those attending giving fun and at the same time raising much needed money for charity.

Run by Jane Hampton with the help of family and friends their latest sessions have resulted in £1,000 being handed over to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, with the money directed towards the neonatal unit.

The 60-year-old, who lives in The Sandgalls, in Brandon, has raised money for the charity before collecting £1,510 for the Every Heart Matters appeal.

And now the bingo sessions, held at the Church Institute attracting between 30 and 40 participants, have helped to raise even more cash.

She runs them with the help of her daughter Kelly Grimwood, sister Vinny Novell and sister-in-law and chief tea and coffee maker Nicky Canney and they attract people of all ages who pay £1 for a book of tickets and also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.

“We have fun bingo and often get children attend the sessions along with people who suffer from dementia.

“I love it and I’m often asked when are we going to do the next one as we run them every six to eight weeks.

“Come Christmas time I am hoping that we may be able to give some more money to My WiSH Charity and friends have been giving me prizes for the raffle.”

She decided to raise the money for the neonatal unit following the loss of a baby in her extended family which had a big effect on her.

Jane said: “It hit us hard so I thought we would raise the money for the West Suffolk Hospital and I’m glad I did it for them.”

Written by Russell Cook  

Pictured with a cheque for £1,000 for the neonatal unit at the West Suffolk Hospital, are Jane Hampton, centre, with her husband Roy and sister-in-law Linda Bailey.


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