Bumper bingo for hospital

Charity Bingo in aid of Addenbrookes Hospital at the United Services Club, New Road, March. Organisors Wendy Dellaway (left) and Carol Wright (right) with some of the prizes and Mattressman manager Karen McNamara who provided a mattress to auction.
Charity Bingo in aid of Addenbrookes Hospital at the United Services Club, New Road, March. Organisors Wendy Dellaway (left) and Carol Wright (right) with some of the prizes and Mattressman manager Karen McNamara who provided a mattress to auction.
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A charity bingo raised a bumper £2,190 for a hospital unit whose patients are young children undergoing chemotherapy.

Fundraisers at the United Services Club in March raised the money for the Paediatric Day Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after being inspired by little Tallulah Bennett, who has Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome.

The condition affects the body’s organs and Tallulah, who is two in December, underwent chemotherapy from the age of ten months.

Her great-grandmother, Carol Wright, of March, was one of the bingo organisers. Carol said Tallulah was the reason for raising the money for the hospital as she had treatment there and at King’s Lynn.

Carol said Tallulah is in remission but may need a kidney transplant in the future.

“She was the incentive for us holding the bingo,” added Carol whose other organisers were Wendy Dellaway and Angie Mathias.

The money included an anonymous £600 donation and Carol thanked the businesses of March and Chatteris for their support in donating prizes.

“We had prizes donated from the majority of shops in March and Chatteris including pubs, take-aways, cafes etcs,” she said.

The organisers are all members of the USC. “It was hard work but all worth it in the end,” said Carol. who was disappointed a representative from Addenbrooke’s was unable to attend the bingo to accept a cheque.

However, Wendy plans to take the money to the hospital later this month.

Earlier this year, the Citizen featured a story about Tallulah and her mum Kelly Church when colleagues at Wisbech Asda raised over £500 to help with hospital transport costs.

Tallulah had two tumours on her left kidney which has been removed.