Full house for Bingo Marathon

It was a full house for residents of Waltham House when they held a six hour bingo marathon to raise much-needed funds for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Calls of ‘legs eleven’, ‘two little ducks’ and ‘clickety click’ echoed the event in West Bromwich, which was hosted by a relay of three different bingo callers.

Touched by news of the armed robbery at the charity’s head office in June, residents of the Sanctuary Housing sheltered scheme raised over £100 through the sponsored marathon event and added to proceeds from a raffle brings the total donations to £450.

Resident Mrs Jean Ball, 75, said; “We were disgusted to hear about the robbery at the Air Ambulance headquarters.  This is our way of trying to help them. After all, none of us know when we may need their help!”

Scheme manager, Vanessa Johnson, has her own reason for leading the efforts, after her son was airlifted to hospital last year following a serious mountain biking accident.

Vanessa said; “This is a cause close to all our hearts.  Midlands Air Ambulance do an incredible job and the residents were determined to help following the robbery.  They chose an activity that everyone could take part in to raise as much money as possible.

It was a fantastic day and everyone is thrilled that we have managed to raise such a large amount for such an important charity.”

Jason Levy, head of fundraising for the charity said; “Midlands Air Ambulance is extremely grateful to all the residents and staff of Waltham House for such a unique fundraising initiative on behalf of our charity. We are constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of the public; without their donations our service would not survive.” 


Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.