Bingo lovers at a Newcastle social club have called house to raise money for North East charity Tiny Lives.

After a year of fundraising, Blaydon Staffs Club has presented Tiny Lives with a cheque for £1,000.

The small club, one of only a few left in the North East, held regular weekend entertainment such as bingo nights, raffles and had regular bucket collections. They raised £2,000 in total, with half going to Tiny Lives and half going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tiny Lives have been one of the club’s chosen charities for the past three years, in that time receiving over £2,400 in donations.

Bob Hunt from Blaydon Staffs Club said: “We started fundraising a few years ago, throwing small events at the weekend, and decided to support both charities as they have touched the lives of so many people. We hold fundraising events on a Friday night and our customers have been more than happy to contribute in the fundraising effort.”

Louise Carroll, Fundraiser at Tiny Lives, said: “We are so grateful for this very kind donation from Blaydon Staffs Club, and for their continued support. This money will go towards helping the 700+ families who each year spend critical weeks if not months on the RVI’s Neonatal Unit with their premature, sick babies”.