Here at Mecca, we believe there’s no greater feeling than helping others. That’s why this October we are working with Carers Trust, our charity partner, to give something back to unpaid carers.
Today is Blue Monday, the gloomiest day of the whole year. Christmas is long gone, new year is over and Valentines Day is just around the corner. To top it all off our resolutions have been tossed by the wayside, we still haven’t shifted that holiday weight and the weather outside is Baltic! No wonder we all just want to pull the duvet back over our heads.
Well, here at Mecca we’re trying to brighten up this rubbish day (week? month?) by encouraging you to have a giggle with your mates and head out in your onesie! Staying in your pjs means that you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to wear and is one less thing to stress about! Comfort is definitely king, especially after all those chocs we guzzled at Christmas. As well as being snug as bug in a rug you can do some good too. Simply text ONEZ58 £2 to 70070 to donate £2 to The Carers Trust, our selected charity.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a onesie though, we’re giving you the chance to win one. We have three to give away.
How to win a onesie!
How to enter on Twitter:
1) RT our #WinAOnesie post and follow @MeccaBingo.
2) Tweet us a picture of you in your onesie or pyjamas
3) You must tag your photo #WinAOnesie.
4) Don’t forget to donate to The Carers Trust by texting ONEZ58 £2 to 70070
1) Like and share our #WinAOnesie post.
2) Post a photo of you in your favourite onesie or pyjamas.
3) Don’t forget to donate to The Carers Trust by texting ONEZ58 £2 to 70070.
Terms and Conditions
1) Competition closes at 11.59pm Sunday 25th January 2015. Any entries received after this time will not be counted.
2) 3 winners will be selected at random from all entries and notified via the social network they entered on by Wednesday, 28th January.
3) Shared images must be your own.
4) We reserve the right to report images on selected Mecca Bingo social channels.
5) All prizes must be claimed on or before Wednesday 4th February 2015.
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Our charity of choice, The Carers Trust, is running a campaign to raise money to support unpaid carers and give them a break, by encouraging people to eat breakfast and raise money at the same time.
With 1 in 10 of us now working as a carer it’s important that these people receive the support they deserve, so by holding a fundraising breakfast on between 17th and 19th October with family and friends, you can pull together some much needed funds for the charity, whilst enjoying a slice of toast or two!
So what will you be serving up, to help those important carers up and down the country?
Around the world people eat a wide variety of food for breakfast, from croissants (very continental) in France to fish broth (very weird) over in Asia, but what is the most popular breakfast choice in Britain?
We can confirm…it’s the fry up, of course! Think bacon, sausages, eggs (fried or scrambled) toast, beans, mushrooms and tomatoes with lots of ketchup or brown sauce. Here in Britain we just love a greasy breakfast it seems. The Co-operative store chain discovered this great result, in a poll of 2000 British adults.
Coming in second on the poll was the bacon butty and then the classic tea and toast combo. It’s obvious that here in Britain we’re a nation with yummy but simple tastes. In the poll porridge came fourth, followed by cornflakes in fifth place and then a posh croissant and coffee, sixth.
Surprisingly cold leftovers didn’t make the list. We think there’s nothing better than dipping into that pizza box the morning after and enjoying a cold slice of pepperoni pizza, or taking 30 seconds to sling it in the microwave to heat it up.
So, if you agree that the fry up is the king of all breakfasts then you should head to the Bear Grills café in Cheshire to try out a Man v Food style big breakfast, which actually weighs the same as a newborn baby when put altogether.
Named The Hibernator, you have to sign a disclaimer form before you have an hour to eat 8,000 calories, made up of:
- Eight rashers of bacon
- Eight sausages
- Four hash browns
- Four fried eggs
- A four-egg cheese omelette
- Four waffles
- Four pieces of toast
- Four pieces of fried bread
- Four pieces of black pudding
- Two ladles of beans
- Two ladles of tomatoes
- A two-pint sized milkshake
Phew! It’s probably pretty filling then. The café owner claims that it’s only men who have signed up for the challenge so far and most have given up after 20 minutes. We’re not surprised, that amount of food could feed a whole family.
The prize for managing to put it all away is £100, plus a place on the Wall of Fame and having the breakfast named after you.
Why not try and make a colossal fry up yourself, to share out with everyone in the family on the 17th October? They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all and you’ll be eating it for a good cause!
Fifteen Mecca Bingo clubs showcased their commitment to Carers Trust and raised over £13,000 in 10 days for carers across the UK.
Participating in various challenges, initiatives and events including the Ice Bucket Challenge, sponsored silences, sweet stalls and the main event, a sponsored 48-hour survival-themed camping trip at the Ripon Military Camp in North Yorkshire, the 15 clubs joined forces to raise funds to help 7 million unpaid UK carers.
“We are incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and been able to contribute to Carers Trust. It was a lot of fun and hard work but the sense of reward we all feel for being able to contribute to such an invaluable cause truly is special,” said Mecca Hull general manager Paul Webb.
The northeast Mecca Bingo clubs that participated – Blyth, Bradford, Gateshead, Sunderland, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds Hunslet, Leeds Mayfair, Leeds Crossgates, York, Hull Cecil, Hull Clough Road, Hartlepool, Stockton and Scarborough – hoped to raise £10,000 in 10 days, but far exceeded expectations, raising £13,083.09.
Anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who could not cope without their support, is a carer.
Three out of five people will be carers at some stage in their lives, underpinning the importance of helping those who dedicate their lives to caring for another.
You can donate to the Carers Trust by simply visiting, http://bit.ly/1rETIpp.
Mecca Swansea has been recognised for its continued fundraising work as it was awarded South Wales’ Most Charitable Business of 2014 at the annual awards show on Thursday, 25th September.
“It’s a great recognition for our customers and staff but mostly for our customers as they are the ones donating their hard-earned money to charities,” said Mecca Swansea team leader Michael Diamond. “Our team at Mecca Swansea has also been magnificent and winning this award demonstrates the fact that we are about so much more than bingo.”
Michael credits Mecca Swansea’s charity champion, Glenys Weaver, as she is responsible for organising most of the club’s charitable initiatives.
“Glenys has been influential and deserves a lot of the credit for devoting her time to raising money for invaluable causes,” said Michael. “Unfortunately she wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony but we accepted on behalf of the incredible work she does.”
Congratulations to everyone involved!
On Thursday 24th July, the lovely staff at Mecca Dewsbury decided 247 miles was their huge target for their 24/7 Rank Cares challenge and boy, did they go for it.
They borrowed three exercise bikes from Dewsbury Sports Centre and set them up on the main stage in the main auditorium so everybody could see they weren’t slacking!
Tracy Lowth, after caring for her nan and father for most of the last two years, understands wholly the importance carers have on others’ live as she continually spearheads Mecca Chesterfield’s support of carers during Carers Week and well beyond.
Mecca clubs raised over £20,000 for the Carers Trust and various children’s charities during this year’s Glasgow Kilt Walk.
Mecca clubs across Scotland saw 61 employees take part in the 23-mile walk.
Three quarters of all funds raised went directly to the Carers Trust, Mecca’s long-term charity partner, while the remaining quarter has been donated to various children’s charities of Scotland, including CLIC Sargent and the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland.
“There were some amazing efforts put in, and all of us took great pride in crossing the finish line,” said Mecca Glasgow Forge general manager Paul McGlinchey. “And to think we raised over £20,000 for charities just shows what you can accomplish when everyone is committed to doing their part.”