Residents in Thatcham will be able to carry on pulling the numbers out for a bit longer yet after receiving funding to continue their weekly bingo night.
Care provider Bluebird Care has stepped in to offer a £250 grant so the bingo at the Gilbert Court sheltered housing scheme, in Bath Road, can continue next year.
The bingo has been running there for many years, but a change in rules at Gilbert Court means that organisers of weekend events that involve the public now have to provide their own public liability insurance.
Without this in place, the bingo would have been forced to take place during the week and within office hours, meaning many people who currently play would no longer be able to.
But Bluebird Care has stepped in to offer to fund the insurance costs for next year so the bingo can go on.
Bingo organiser Muriel McAuley said: “Our weekly bingo has been one of the social highlights for residents, their family and friends.
“I had to cover the initial cost of insurance myself and pass this on to my regular players through increased subscriptions.
“This was discouraging people to take part, which was very sad, but when Bluebird Care kindly stepped in to help us out, we were thrilled and I am very pleased that we can continue our bingo sessions next year.”
This is the third award given out by Bluebird Care to groups that help older people in West Berkshire.
John Prendergast, director of Bluebird Care Newbury, said: “We are very pleased to support this very worthwhile project.
“Social activities like bingo provide an opportunity for friends and family to enjoy quality time together, and we understand that activities like this help maintain a healthy mind, which can only be good.
“We were only too happy to help out the residents of Gilbert Court and ensure they can continue something which brings such joy to players and their families.”