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PALACE BINGO SUPPORTS NEW MANX CHARITY

9th August, 2016

PALACE BINGO SUPPORTS NEW MANX CHARITY

The Palace Bingo will host a fundraising event next month in support of a Manx charity designed to improve facilities and support for teenagers and young adults who have complex and life-threatening medical conditions.

A charity Bingo Night will take place on Tuesday 20 September in aid of 'Bridge the Gap', which was established by Foxdale resident Fiona Barker, along with family and friends, to support teenagers when their medical care is transferred from children's to adult services at the age of 16. The charity is working with Youth Services and Noble's Hospital to create the position of a Youth Worker at the hospital. Patients will receive friendship and support from the charity's Youth Worker in a safe and age-appropriate environment at Noble's, as well as meet other users to form a peer support network.

A website (www.bridgethegap.im) has been established to link young patients and their families to information and support for various complex medical conditions, in addition to a successful Facebook community page.

The Palace Bingo will run the charity event; tickets cost £20 each and will include a buffet and Bingo Books for all attendees.

Philomena Teager, Manager of the Palace Bingo, commented: "Bridge the Gap is a fantastic charity which is working hard to develop a stronger support network for teenagers and young adults who suffer from complex medical conditions, and the Palace Bingo team are delighted to be hosting this event to raise much-needed funds for a great cause."

Fiona Barker added: "Everybody loves a night at the Bingo and so we thought this would be a fantastic way to show people a good night out whilst raising money for our charity, which relies on public donations for us to be able to carry out our work."

Tickets for the Charity Bingo Night should be purchased in advance, and are available from the Palace Bingo Book Desk (01624 682797) which is open from 1pm daily, or by emailing contact@bridgethegap.im. Tickets on the night are only available from the Palace Bingo Book Desk. The event is for over 18s only, and photographic ID may be required.

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