BINGO numbers added up to a successful evening of fundraising for five charities in Coventry and Warwickshire, thanks to local law firm Alsters Kelley.
More than £2,000 proceeds will be divided between Helping Hands Community Project in Leamington, Safeline in Warwick, The Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton, Coventry Women’s Haven and Southam Fosse Foodbank.
It was a ‘full house’ for the firm’s second successful bingo event, held at Cubbington Sports and Social Club earlier this month and organised by Legal Secretary Britanie Jeffery.
These charities are among those supported by Alsters Kelley, which was established in the 1980s and now has offices in Coventry, Leamington, Southam, Stratford and Nuneaton.
Britanie Jeffery said: “We had another great evening, lots of laughter – the room was full to capacity, everyone of all ages seems to enjoy a game of bingo. We would like to thank everyone for their support including all the businesses who were very generous with their raffle prize donations.
“My initial fundraising target was £1,000 so to have doubled it was way beyond what we had hoped for.”
Stacey Calder, of Helping Hands, said: “The ongoing support and vital funds Alsters Kelley provide Helping Hands Community Project go towards the services we offer the local community. These services include the soup kitchen, both men and women’s support groups, our new mother and child support group and our employability skills work.
“Without fundraising and donations such as these we wouldn’t be able to provide all that we offer in the local community. This week has already seen us help one person into rehabilitation and six people into the horse therapy programme. Thank you Alsters Kelley.”
Rachael Stevens, of Safeline, based in Warwick and Stratford, said: “The partnership and amazing support from Alsters Kelley is vital to our fundraising and awareness raising, ensuring that Safeline can continue to support adults and children in Coventry and Warwickshire who have been affected by sexual violence.
“We are so proud to have been selected for support alongside the other amazing charities. We really enjoyed meeting everyone at the Bingo night and we look forward to Alsters Kelley’s next event. Together, we are making a difference.”
Liz Hancock, CEO of The Mary Ann Evans Hospice said: “Thank you to everyone at Alsters Kelley for their ongoing support of the Hospice. Now, more than ever, the support we receive from local people and local companies, like Alsters Kelley, is vital to the continuation of the services we provide to our patients and those close to them. Thank you for helping us to make a difference.”
Also supporting the five charities at the weekend were members of the Alsters Kelley team and their families and friends who took part in a 3.5k walk of the British Camp Circular route in the Malvern Hills. The walk, which has so far raised around £250, was organised by Alsters Kelley Conveyancing assistant Victoria Smith.
The firm has also been supporting the wider Ukrainian efforts by collecting and donating vital supplies, including toiletries and medical supplies.