CORONAVIRUS: Bingo club supports Council’s COVID-19 response

Published Tuesday, 21st April 2020

A Hartlepool bingo club – closed as part of the national COVID-19 lockdown – has teamed up with the local Council to provide free hot meals to a number of vulnerable residents across the town.

Hartlepool Mecca Bingo – at the Lanyard Warrior Retail Park – will be providing around 70 meals a day to people who usually access Hartlepool Borough Council’s Day Services.

The meals will be collected each day by drivers from the Council’s Hartlepool Support Hub – launched to help anyone who is self-isolating or otherwise unable to leave their home during the Coronavirus outbreak – and delivered to the individual’s home address.

Lynne Butterworth – from Mecca Bingo Hartlepool – said: “In line with Government guidelines, all Mecca Bingo Clubs are closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But this doesn’t mean we can’t support our local community and we are delighted to be teaming up with Hartlepool Borough Council to help out by providing hot meals.

“We’re also providing meals to the University Hospital of Hartlepool and we’re pleased to be playing our own small part in the town’s response to COVID-19.

This has been a real team effort and I would like to place on record my thanks to Michelle Doherty and Mark Dadson for their huge contribution and support to this work.”

Jill Harrison, Director of Adult & Community Based Services at Hartlepool Borough Council, added: “We’re very grateful to the team at Mecca Bingo for supporting us in this way.

“This is another example of people in Hartlepool coming together to support each other in times of need – something that has been particularly evident to us throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.”