Together with the Royal Voluntary Service, Gala Bingo is trying to spread a little happiness to the thousand of lonely, elderly folk out there. Their cunning plan is to provide those people with a great meal and some good company during the festive season.
The sad fact is that last year it was estimated that in excess of 300,000 elderly people (aged 75 years or older) are believed to have spent the whole of Christmas-time alone, and as many people know festive seasons are always the worst for those that are living by themselves.
Many dread Christmas Day, and it is not surprising if you consider that many are on their own with only memories of loved ones to comfort them. Days such as Christmas hi-light those that have gone, and it can be extremely depressing for those left behind, especially if they are unable to get out of the house at all.
Gala Bingo’s ‘Play Happy’ campaign is one way of making a contribution to this very worthy cause, and once more you can enjoy a great game from the 1st November through to the 21st. During this time Gala promises to donate a percentage towards helping the royal Voluntary Service to deliver what they hope will turn out to be a much more pleasant Christmas to those thousands of grandma’s and granddad’s this year.
There is also going to be an attempt at an Official Guinness World Record by Bingo Giant who are going to use the biggest bingo card along with James Jordan to help! The main event will take place on the 6th December, so take yourself off to Gala Bingo as soon as possible to win the tickets together with the transport and accommodation for this wonderful evening in London! Drinks and muchies will be included in the winning tickets too!!
According to the UK Bingo Association last year saw a massive percentage drop of 50% of bingo halls compared to their heyday. This has mainly been attributed to hundreds of clubs and firms moving over to the online industry.
Of course the classic game we all enjoy so much has definitely come a long way since its extremely humble beginning back in Italy in 1530! Leading on from that early date it was the French aristocracy who adopted the game in the 17th century and as they say from then on ‘the rest is history!’
There is no doubt that the popularity of bingo continues with the first UK online bingo taking place in 2003, and the first apps being launched in 2011. It could be that bingo in the future will be played exclusively online as technology advances in leaps and bounds, but who knows what the future will bring, the only certainty is that bingo’s popularity has not diminished with changing times, and appears to be increasing!