A full house ensured that Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s first ever Easter Family Bingo Night was a fundraising success for the club’s official charity.
Lines of supporters queued to get into Blues Bar as more than 130 eager dabbers ensured they were part of a night of fun that is sure to be repeated, having raised over £1,200 that will be reinvested into the Trust’s work in our local community.
All the available tickets sold out in advance of the event as competitors of all ages tried to get their hands on a collection of bingo and raffle prizes worth more than £2,000, all kindly donated by the football club, local businesses and the Community Trust.
Star prizes over the course of six games of bingo included a meet and greet with Bradley Dack at the training ground, signed shirts and a 2018/19 season ticket to appeal to the most passionate Rovers supporters, while there were great donations from a number of other locally-based organisations. Crown Paints, GAME, Vue, Dans Diamond Autos, Ascent Trampoline Park, Tenpin, Pure Indulgence, Gulliver’s World, Butlers Arms, Holland’s Pies, Gala Bingo and McDonald’s all kindly contributed prizes or products to make the event a success, with the latter also offering free face painting on the night.
Rover The Dog also made a welcome appearance, working the room to meet and greet all the visitors in the popular Ewood Park bar.
Jess Clegg, events and fundraising officer at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, was the driving force behind the concept and was delighted with the response from the club’s supporters, explaining:
“When you run an event for the first time, you can never be entirely sure what to expect, but we’re so grateful to see that the fans responded in great numbers and ensured that we sold out before the doors had even opened.
“We’ve been strongly supported by so many local businesses in the lead up to the night, and their donations have helped us to create a concept that seems to have been really widely enjoyed by lots of groups of families and friends.
“As the feedback has been so positive and demand was so high first time round, we’ll definitely be looking to run this kind of event again, but we’d advise everyone to book early when we announce it, because we’re sure that tickets will sell even faster now that everyone knows how much you stand to win for such a small entry fee.”
The Community Trust has been busy throughout the Easter holiday period, hosting a selection of Football and Activity Camps in Blackburn and beyond. Friday is the final day of the ongoing Football and Activity Camps at Ewood Park for children aged five to 11, with event and booking information available via the form below: