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Congham bingo evenings raise charity cash

CONGHAM ANVIL INN CHEQUE         
 
Caroline Petchey, of her Anvil Inn charity bingo raising group, holds the cheque for �2,015 flanked by British Heart Foundation representatives Roger and Sue Williamson.  From left are charity supporters Kath Long, Deanna Lunness, Christine Eglen, GiI  Nobes, Kate Stebbings and Karl Long ANL-140321-114226001

CONGHAM ANVIL INN CHEQUE Caroline Petchey, of her Anvil Inn charity bingo raising group, holds the cheque for �2,015 flanked by British Heart Foundation representatives Roger and Sue Williamson. From left are charity supporters Kath Long, Deanna Lunness, Christine Eglen, GiI Nobes, Kate Stebbings and Karl Long ANL-140321-114226001

Caroline Petchey and her bingo fundraising group at the Anvil Inn at Congham have raised £2,015 for the British Heart Foundation.

Caroline and her group picked out the British Heart Foundation as their charity of the year for 2013.

The idea of bingo evenings started when her sister was running the London Marathon and she used the bingos to raise money for the charities her sister was running for.

She then stopped for a number of years but was approached by Kath Long at the Anvil Inn to help her run some bingo evenings and it has taken off from there.

During the first year, Caroline, 53, raised money for cancer research.

This year’s fundraising will be for the Norfolk and Norwich Radiotherapy Appeal and the West Norfolk Disability Information Service which is also in memory of Caroline’s friend and bingo attendee Roy Curtis, who died last year.

Caroline, from Warham, said: “It’s just my way of helping local people.

“I do it for local charities so I can see the benefit it has for the community.

“There just seems to be so much doom and gloom around so I just want to help as much as I can. It gives me a purpose.

“Our sessions have a regular following of about 30 people with more people coming for the Easter and Christmas events.

“The Anvil is only a small venue so at Christmas we had so many people we had to squash everyone together like sardines!”

Caroline thanked the large number of local businesses which have donated prizes to her popular Christmas and Easter sessions.

The next bingo is being held on Thursday, April 17, with a 7.30pm start.

 
 
 

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