Bacta, the trade association for the UK amusement and gaming machine industry, has marked the evolving work of its Charitable Trust at a Parliamentary Reception.
The event celebrated the fundraising work of the Trust, which recently expanded its scope to support four charities working with children with cancer: Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Rays of Sunshine.
Since the Trust started in 1991, it has raised over £3.25m, including approximately £500,000 since 2011 that has primarily supported Rays of Sunshine, a charity granting ‘wish’ days and experiences to seriously ill children. Central to this has been the #Tickets2Wishes campaign, encouraging customers at Family Entertainment Centres to donate leftover redemption tickets, with contributions matched by the operator.
The Trust’s new beneficiaries were introduced to members for the first time at the Reception, attended by parliamentarians including Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East and Nigel Huddleston MP for Mid Worcestershire & PPS at DCMS.
Jimmy Thomas, Chair, Bacta Charitable Trust, said: “Bacta’s charitable trust has been supporting wonderful charities for many years, and we are proud to be supporting these four worthy beneficiaries through our ongoing fundraising work
“The Bacta membership has a unique ability to engage communities and customers to raise money for good causes, and I know it will be pulling out the stops as always to support these charities in their essential work.”
Sir Roger Gale, MP for Thanet North, said: “I am delighted that Bacta, which represents so many family-run businesses, and businesses for families, has chosen to make such an effort in terms of charity fundraising. The fact that charities such as Great Ormond Street and the Teenage Cancer Trust are benefiting so much from this industry is wonderful.”