During the first lockdown, an in-house bingo game to hold off boredom raised thousands of pounds to help key staff and the homeless in Birmingham.
The Online Bingo was started back on Facebook in March by Solihull resident Jason Gosling and his wife Linda so that family and friends could come together via lockdown.
But what began with only 12 players expanded to an average of more than 200 on a weekly basis.
Talking of the donations Jason said: “We were getting enough to start making donations, initially to local and independent charities.
“From two local care homes, care packages for keyworkers, to big donations to the British Heart Foundation, The Lee Rigby Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Trust and the local NHS Trust as well as making up care packages for families, friends, and neighbours.”
One of the players came up with the idea of helping Birmingham’s homeless as 2020 drew to a close.
“It was to be our last lockdown Bingo, ‘The Cause, Help The Homeless in Birmingham at Christmas’ and with that we opened a just giving page, and received massive donations from our Bingo players of over £2,300 – it was unbelievable,” said Jason, who works at JLR.
“So with that we teamed up with a Birmingham soup kitchen, and on December 22 went into the city centre to distribute key essentials for the homeless to survive on the streets at this time of year and beyond.
“It was a nice way to end the year.”
The dilemma for Jason and his wife Linda, who did the technical side of Bingo, is that people really want to continue playing Bingo with this new lockout.
Jason added: “It’s just got bigger and bigger and people are texting me asking what we are going to be doing and when can we start up again, so we’ll see what we can do next.”