Bingo hall’s call for Christ­mas pre­sents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Ged Killen -

JONATHAN GED­DES

A Ruther­glen bingo hall have ap­pealed to lo­cals to send any un­wanted Christ­mas gifts their way.

Staff at the Mecca Bingo on the Main Street in­tend to do­nate the pre­sents to a good cause, en­sur­ing that they will go to good use.

Mecca Bingo have a long­stand­ing part­ner­ship with the Car­ers Trust, and any pre­sents do­nated by cus­tomers to the club will be passed onto the char­ity.

The Car­ers Trust works to im­prove sup­port, ser­vices and recog­ni­tion for the seven mil­lion un­paid car­ers in the UK.

Wendy Buchan, the man­ager at the venue, ex­plained why they de­cided to get in­volved.

She said: “Christ­mas is all about shar­ing and feel­ing gen­er­ous, but we know that some of us do re­ceive gifts that aren’t suit­able or that we al­ready have. That’s why we are launch­ing this amnesty cam­paign to save pre­sents lan­guish­ing in the back of the cup­board and in­stead be do­nated to a worthy cause.

“There are no words to de­scribe the im­por­tance of what car­ers do in our com­mu­nity, and it’s an hon­our to con­tinue sup­port­ing Car­ers Trust and help make life that lit­tle bit eas­ier for the many un­paid car­ers across Ruther­glen.”

Re­cent re­search showed that 71per cent of peo­ple in Bri­tain were ex­pected to re­ceive at least one un­wanted gift this year, with a to­tal value of al­most £17m, which is what prompted staff to de­cide to en­cour­age cus­tomers to give them to a good cause and carry on the fes­tive feel­ing of good­will and kind­ness.

The Car­ers Trust work to im­prove sup­port, ser­vices and recog­ni­tion for any­one liv­ing with the chal­lenges of car­ing, un­paid, for a fam­ily mem­ber or friend who is ill, frail, dis­abled or has men­tal health or ad­dic­tion prob­lems.

They of­fer spe­cial­ist ser­vices for car­ers of peo­ple of all ages and con­di­tions and a range of in­di­vid­u­ally tai­lored sup­port and group ac­tiv­i­ties.

Any­one look­ing to drop off a gift can do so by pop­ping into the club on Main Street. Visit www. mec­ca­bingo.com for more de­tails.

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