Yvette Price-Mear recently put her dabber to the test in a mammoth 18 consecutive bingo sessions across nine days, in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for a marathon bingo session.

Yvette’s bingo-a-thon saw her raising money for Pet Bereavement Support, a charity she founded 26 years ago, and bacta Charitable Trust, the chosen charity of Beacon Bingo for 2019.

Grandma-of-three Yvette, who is a Shared Lives carer alongside her husband, said; “The amount raised from this bingo-a-thon is being split equally between the two chosen charities. For a small charity like Pet Bereavement Support the money is a lifeline, it’ll pay for our running costs for almost a year!”

“I met so many amazing and generous customers and employees throughout my 432 consecutive games (and 25,000 dabs). The club did extra bits of fundraising and Orville, one of the venues bingo callers, sang acapella and managed to raise another £250!”

Steve Lightfoot, general manager of Beacon Bingo Cricklewood, said: “When Yvette approached us with her idea and aim, we knew immediately we wanted to be part of it. We’re proud to not only host the bingo sessions, but also sponsor Yvette.”

“The charities she has chosen, bacta Charitable Trust and Pet Bereavement Support, are fantastic and very worthy of the money raised. We’re always happy to support customers with their charity ventures and ideas.”

The bingo-a-thon was sponsored by Beacon Bingo Cricklewood, who provided the bingo books for free on each session, as well as adding just over £1,000 to the money raised throughout the event, and the Nottingham Pet Crematorium, who have donated an extra £200.