Worthing hospital home bingo saved by Co-operative Funeralcare

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DISABLED ex-servicemen and women at a Worthing hospital home do not have to pack away their bingo pens, thanks to a generous company.

The Co-operative Funeralcare, in Worthing, has agreed to provide 10 bingo prizes to the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home each month for the next year.

There were fears the bingo sessions at the home, in Boundary Road, which always draw a big crowd, would have to be postponed or cancelled if prizes could not be found.

Jack Bashford, 91, a permanent resident at the home, said: “Bingo helps keeps me active and keeps me out of mischief.

“I like the whole experience, the company is good and it helps use the time well.”

Gill Hastings, social and recreational therapist, said: “We have been struggling in the last couple of months as we have more and more residents wishing to participate and not enough prizes to go round.

“Bingo is always top of the residents’ list of activities, so this is wonderful news.”

Ian Austin, of the Goring Road Co-operative Funeralcare branch, said: “We are always looking to support our local community and are delighted to be supplying prizes.”