Man raises money in honour of former bingo hall favourite

By Becky Mosley - November 21 2014

A man has raised money by completing the Ice Bucket Challenge, in honour of the memory of a former bingo hall favourite. Steve Hotson completed the challenge and raised a total of £610 for two charities, in the name of 76-year old Betty Tarry, who passed away.

Charity’s chosen by Husband

Mr Hotson – a bingo caller in Basingstoke – raised the cash whilst being drenched with a bucket of ice-cold water, whilst wearing a bright green mankini. Hotson works at one of Basingstoke’s Gala Bingo halls, and raised the money for both Dementia UK and RAF Benevolent Fund. He did this in the name of the Mrs Tarry, who used to be a regular at the bingo hall until she passed. The two charities were chosen by Betty’s 88-year old husband, Alfred Tarry.

Whilst wearing practically nothing, the bingo caller was soaked in the freezing water whilst 50 onlookers cheered him on from the car park of the bingo hall. He claims his colleagues had stored water in industrial freezers, which could drop as low as -20°C. The colleagues apparently broke up the ice into water. One donator said that he would put another £40 into the collection, if Mr Hotson did the challenge in a mankini. A mankini is a rather embarrassing piece of attire, which has been referred to as a one-piece bikini for men. The donator also bought the mankini, so Mr Hotson was happy to oblige.

Mr Tarry was full of admiration for Steve after his feat, saying that even though he served for 7 years in the RAF, that he could not have done it. The news comes as many other people across the land-based bingo world are also completing noble bingo feats with for charity.



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