Mecca Bingo Hamilton Workers Helps Kids Charity
Two bingo workers made an astounding parachute jump in the aid of charity. And this was not the first time the pair has leapt out of a plane to help those in need. Ann Higgins, age 63 and Sharon Turnbull, age 29 jumped from the plane at 10,000 feet over Auchterarder Airfield in Perthshire, Scotland. The two daredevils were strapped to a professional skydiver who took the two for the ride of their lives.
These two women are employees of Mecca Bingo in Hamilton and completed their first skydive in August. The staff at Mecca Bingo are trying to raise £250,000 for Whizz-Kidz and have already brought in £100,000 toward that goal.The jump by Ann and Sharon were sponsored and will bring in cash to the charity. Their jumps alone could mean thousands for the charity.
The women were chosen to jump out of the airplane after the staff at Mecca Bingo all threw their names into a hat. The names were drawn in August and the women made good on their decision to jump out of the plane. The charity Whizz-Kidz will provide electric wheelchairs to children who are in need.Ann began working for charity events after the death of her husband thirteen years ago. She has completed many charity events such as a 10K walk, which she completed with another colleague to raise cash for Macmillan nurses.
The skydive was not her first for charity and she also completed an 860 foot abseil for the Anthony Nolan Trust.Sharon agrees that this is by far their most exciting event for charity she has done over the years. She has also worked on a number of charity events, but found the airplane jump the most exciting she has participated in.The two women got a great response from their friends, family and colleagues and donations were high for the two skydivers. The thought of the two women throwing themselves out of an airplane in the name of charity has convinced many people to dig into their wallets and shell out the cash.
Whizz-Kidz was named by Mecca Bingo as their charity for 2008 and 2009 as a part of their charity effort called Mecca Wheel Difference.Whizz-Kidz functions totally on the volunteer funds, so this event is crucial to their continued success. There are about seventy thousand children who are in need of their services every year and there are some who would not have received their mobility equipment if it were not for the hard work of Whizz-Kidz. Mecca Bingo is currently accepting donations on behalf of Whizz-Kidz.