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Knock-out night raises over £25,000 for Peterborough charities

For the second year running guests were welcomed to enjoy a night of Bingo with a difference.

The glamorous black tie event held at the Holiday Inn West featured star guest boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE. He was joined by other celebrity guests; stage and screen star Warwick Davis, Director of Football at the Posh Barry Fry and Shaun Williamson of EastEnders fame. The night was hosted by BBC Cambridge radio host Kev Lawrence alongside Princebuild’s Matthew Pudney.

The event was also attended by The Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Gul Nawaz, who got into the spirit of the evening and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event.

Almost 270 guests were treated to a night full of entertainment, on arrival they were greeted with a glass of bubbles whilst having the chance to meet Frank Bruno and get a professional photograph with the boxing legend.

Throughout the night guests had the chance to win big cash prizes in one of six games of Blingo with the top prize hitting £1250 for the final game! Each game was called by a celebrity guest which provided some great entertainment in itself.

There was a special guest appearance by 12 year old Courtney Kay who wowed the crowd with a live performance of Sam Smith’s James Bond theme Writing’s On The Wall. Shaun Williamson also sang for the guests – getting everyone in the party mood with a rendition of Sweet Caroline later in the evening.

There were also chances to win a selection of top prizes in the raffle and a live auction was held which included signed boxing gloves and replica belt which attracted some generous bidding.

The event, now in its second year, is a joint venture between Princebuild Ltd and The NSPCC Peterborough Business Support Group, it was well supported by many prominent Peterborough businesses both on the night and in the provision of prizes and sponsorship.

Matthew Pudney, one of the event organisers from Princebuild said “After the success of last year’s event we wondered if we could improve upon that, but from feedback we have had since the event and judging by the fantastic amount raised I think we may have achieved that.

“The celebrities were fantastic and the atmosphere in the room on the night was amazing, everyone really seemed to be enjoying the event. Not everyone could be lucky enough to take home a prize but I think everyone has come away from the night a winner including our very worthy charities.

“On behalf of the Blingo committee I would like to thank everyone who supported the evening and we hope to be able to put another event on in the near future.”

More information about the event and future events can be found on the Blingo social media channels Facebook and twitter.

‘Blingo’, Peterborough’s all-new Glamour Bingo Charity Ball, made its debut at the Holiday Inn West Hotel on Friday 28thSeptember, raising more than 20k for charity!

The event, which was attended by 260 guests, mainly from the Peterborough Business community, was supported by celebrity guests including:

  • Heart Radio’s breakfast presenter Kev Lawrence,
  • Director of Football for the Posh, Barry Fry,
  • Singer songwriter and former runner-up of The Voice, Leah McFall and
  • Actor and Presenter Warwick Davis!

The event commenced with a red carpet entrance leading to a VIP Meet and Greet area for a select few who had upgraded their tickets, enabling them to mingle with the celebrities and have a professional photograph taken with Warwick Davis.

The main event room was glamorously decorated in black and silver with a central dance floor, raised podium and five large display screens providing entertaining introduction videos for the celebrities and visuals for the games of bingo.

The celebrities made grand entrances one by one to a welcoming audience. Barry Fry didn’t disappoint, providing a big entrance, much to the crowds delight, and Warwick Davis arrived speeding on to the dancefloor on a Segway!

Four games of big cash prize bingo were played during the evening with each one being called by a different celebrity. Kev Lawrence played host for the remainder of the evening after calling the first game, briefly interviewing each of the celebrities and allowing the audience to ask them questions before calling their games. The last game was called by Warwick Davis and the prize fund for the full house was a whopping £1,000!

After dinner entertainment was provided by singer songwriter Leah McFall, who performed three songs including her latest release ‘Somber’ and her finalist song from The Voice ‘Loving You’.

Other entertainment during the evening included a close-up magician, photo booth, prize draw raffle and a live auction with some fantastic prizes on offer. The evening closed with a disco through to the early hours.

The event was organised by Princebuild Limited and the NSPCC Peterborough Business Support Group and raised funds for NSPCC, Macmillan Cancer Support and LPUK.  More than 20k was raised for the charities!

Matthew Pudney, one of the event organisers from Princebuild said “The event could not have gone better, our idea was always to raise a good amount for charity but to also create an exciting atmosphere by sending some of our guests home with big cash prizes and we achieved just that. He went on to say “Tables for the event sold within days of going on sale and the celebrities who joined us on the night brought a wonderful mix of star quality to the room.”

Plans are already underway for a repeat event in 2019. See the homepage for more details or to register your interest to attend the event next year contact tickets@blingo.org.uk