Club staff face creepy crawlies and bowls of insects in bush tucker trial fundraiser

Fundraiser for Carers Trust at Mecca Bedford.
Fundraiser for Carers Trust at Mecca Bedford.

Staff at a Bedford club had fun with a bush tucker trial to raise funds for the Carers Trust.

Employees at Mecca Bedford invited customers to buy a voting slip and vote for their favourite member of staff to take part in the trail, with each star found in the various challenges worth £25.

The first was a creepy crawly challenge, where employee Charley Stevens was blindfolded and had to find stars in bowls of insects, meal worms and slime! The second trial was an eating challenge where Joyce Campbell had to eat ants, beetles, crickets and meal worms. The third and final challenge was bravely carried out by the general manager Matthew Wilkes - who had to find four stars in a pool of slimy gunge.

Customers raised more than £650 for the Carers Trust, Mecca’s partnered charity which helps the millions of unpaid carers across the UK.

Matthew said: “I can’t thank our kind-hearted customers and adventurous, willing employees enough for helping to raise money for a very worthy cause.”

All of the money raised by the Mecca team will go to Carers Trust who improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring for a loved one.

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It’s free to join but you will need to be at least 18 years old.