IT WAS a big case of ‘bingo’ for fundraisers in Shipston.

Staff and customers from Heart of England Mencap organised a Bingo Night to fundraise for activities at Rosedale – the charity’s supported living complex in the town – and raised a huge £1,300 on the night.

The event took place at the Sheldon Bosley Hub on October 7th and was a massive success thanks to the support of the local community.

Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said: “We just couldn’t believe the amazing total we raised on the night. So many people turned out to support us and that means so much to the local people with learning disabilities who call Rosedale home. The community in Shipston is so supportive and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone. Enabling and encouraging our customers to be an active part of their community is something really important to them, and to our charity.”

Christine Nash, who organised the bingo night, added: “A big thank you to all the local businesses and the people of Shipston who supported us and who helped on the evening.

“We were astonished and amazed at the support and the amazing amount of money raised – which will all be spent on the customers at Rosedale. We have been really touched by the support. Watch this space for the next event!”

The money raised has been put to good use straight away – funding a pool and table tennis table, which is already a huge hit. It will also pay for Christmas activities and a festive party at Rosedale, as well as day trips for Heart of England Mencap’s customers.