Bingo News November 2016 Roundup – Lifesaving, Prizes and Festive Fun!
As the frost starts crackling underfoot and mulled cider becomes a regular in your local, we’ve got plenty of November News to bring you from the world of bingo.
There’s a national prize for emoji bingo, adverts are analysed, an evening at the bingo turned into an experience people would never forget and we find out just which town is the luckiest place to play.
Emoji Bingo Wins Prestigious Prize
Edge Hill University’s use of Emoji Bingo, amongst other developmental activities, has won the Outstanding Contribution Award in the Local Community Category in the Times Higher Education Awards.
Students in the most disadvantaged areas of Merseyside can take part in the Tackling the Blues (TtB) initiative, which is aimed at helping 6–16 year olds avoid and relieve mental health problems.
Children are encouraged to partake in the sports and games to improve their self esteem and reduce anxiety. The scheme also helps to develop friendships and trust—bringing youngsters together in a positive way. The use of Emoji Bingo is designed to encourage informal discussions about feelings, and has been met with enthusiasm by those taking part.
You can see the full list of 2016’s winners here.
How to Save a Life (Bingo Style)
It was just a normal evening at work for Mecca Bingo employees Leanne Nancarrow and Katie Jones, when the night took an unexpected turn. Just as she was about to begin a game of bingo, regular Mecca player 78-year-old Maureen Gleghorn passed out.
Whilst it first appeared that Maureen was having a fit, it soon became clear that she was suffering from a heart attack.
Having both completed a first aid training course through work, the pair sprang into action. As the caller continued the game for the other players, Katie phoned an ambulance. The operator helped them to put their training to work. The women remained calm, administering life-saving CPR until paramedics arrived and were able to take over. ‘In that moment the training came straight back to me. The paramedics told us if we hadn’t been there she wouldn’t have lived,’ Katie explained.
Maureen was stabilised before being taken to hospital. Thanks to both Leanne and Katie, she is expecting to be back at bingo before long. She is overwhelmed with gratefulness to the club: ‘I couldn’t put into words how I feel. No win at the bingo would compensate for that.’
Both employees have since received the Alan Morgan award, set up to honour exceptional members of staff.
ASA cracks down on email advertising
An advert, sent in an email to members of Big Bucks Bingo, has been deemed ‘misleading’ by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) —the organisation responsible for regulating adverts.
The email informed players of a code, saying that it would give them a £10 bonus. Earlier this month, the ASA found that there was no mention of the wagering requirements that would have to be undertaken, in order to withdraw the funds.
Another part of the advert, referring to free spins, was also investigated, but it was said not to be misleading. However, because part of the promotion was not clear enough, Big Bucks Bingo must change the advert before it is shown again.
This comes after the announcement last month that could see bingo adverts banned from being shown on daytime TV.
Luckiest Club in the Draw
Glasgow’s Mecca Bingo Forge club has been officially recognised as the UK’s luckiest club, based on winnings over the last year.
The list was released as part of celebrations held by the National Bingo Game, which celebrated its 30th anniversary during this year’s National Bingo Week. The figures used to compile the list don’t include winnings from the National Bingo Game jackpot.
The club, where players won over £322,000 over the course of 29 wins, received the news excitedly. Scottish clubs generally performed well on the list, with Aberdeen, Dundee Douglasfield and Hamilton all making the top 10. A Mecca club in Blackpool came in second, while Wales’ top club was number 5, and named as Castle Bingo in Uskway.
Christmas Ad Bingo
Finally, a bit of festive fun! We’ve all seen them: they’re likely to be heart-warming, some of them make us laugh and they will most definitely spark a barrage of posts on social media.
We are talking, of course, about Christmas adverts. John Lewis, Coca Cola, M&S… Over the last few years, they’ve become such a fixed part of the calendar, that we wouldn’t quite know where we’d be without them: a signal that the Christmas shopping period has begun in earnest.
We love making bingo cards for events (there’s still a few days left to play ‘I’m a Celebrity’ bingo here!), but this time, we like these so much, we’re going to shamelessly point you to Brass – a communications agency, who have created Christmas Ad Bingo to play on your laptop or mobile.
For even more advert fun, check out the very best of bingo adverts right here!
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