STAFF at Cwmbran Mecca Bingo are celebrating after surpassing their club fundraising target of £2,000.

In January, 2018, the branch had already passed their target and raised £2,500. An up-to-date total is still being calculated.

The money has been put towards the national target of £2 million, which was reached last week.

Money raised will go to Carers Trust, who offer help and advice to carers and aims to help remove the barriers placed on a person by their caring role and reduce some of the stress and isolation that can come with caring.

The Cwmbran branch has worked hard to raise as much money as possible by undertaking various charity initiatives and fundraising activities in the local area.

They have hosted fun days where no bingo took place, but instead baked with children and their parents.

In recognition of the hard work by teams across the country, the senior team from Mecca agreed to take on a final challenge, taking part in a bushtucker trial challenge, which included a menu of creepy crawlies, from critter cocktails, to mealworms and buffalo worms on a bed of lettuce sprinkled with dry cricket flour.

Kim Jones, general manager at Mecca Cwmbran: “We’re incredibly proud of the efforts of all or our team members and most importantly, our customers and everyone in Cwmbran, who has dug deep into their pockets to help us to support such a worthwhile charity.

The Cwmbran team are also taking a part in the South West Tough Mudder challenge on August, 19, and are jumping off the Newport Transporter Bridge on October, 6.

“There’s just three of us doing the free fall off the transporter bridge. I had never actually seen it before and I’m shocked at how high it is. I’ve jumped off the suspension bridge and really didn’t think it would be higher than that,” Ms Jones added.