NIGHTCLUB sensation Bongo’s Bingo has spread to a Tyneside care home.
The revamped version of the traditional game, which has become popular in clubs and venues around the UK, was played at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, near Newcastle.
Students from the Newcastle United Foundation National Citizenship Service (NCS) organised a version of Bongo’s Bingo for the home’s elderly residents.
The game involves music, singing, dancing and unconventional prizes for those who complete a line, two lines or a full house.
While the nightclub version is accompanied by 90s rave music, residents at Waverley Lodge enjoyed Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Elvis while marking their cards.
Prizes included chocolates, fluffy socks and slippers, with resident Ethel Smith winning several times.
She said: “It was the best game of bingo I’ve ever played and lots of fun.”
Sarah Burn, Newcastle United Foundation NCS group facilitator, accompanied the students, all aged 15 to 17 years old, at the home.
She said: “The group loved every minute spending time at Waverley Lodge Care Home. They were eager to get involved and left really grateful for the opportunity.
“Upon leaving, a couple of the group did shed some tears and explained that they didn’t realise how a small amount of their time could have such an impact.
Watching them come out of their shell and walk away wanting to make an even bigger difference is why we do our job and why NCS is a great project to be involved with.”
Julie Booth, home manager at Waverley Lodge Care Home, said: “When the NCS group came to the home and said they wanted to run a Bongo’s Bingo session, we were all a bit puzzled.
“The residents absolutely loved it, however, as it mixes one of their favourite games with music, singing, dancing and some fantastic prizes.
“A massive thank you goes to the Newcastle United Foundation and their NCS students. We are hoping to see them back for our Christmas Fayre.”
Waverley Lodge Care Home is part of the Hill Care Group. For further information visit www.hillcare.net.