James Miller, President of bacta and Managing Director of Funstation – the nationwide FEC operator – confirms that despite deplorable trading conditions, his sites still collected £4,000 in Tickets2Wishes donations for Rays of Sunshine this year.
After making the donation to the charity, which grants wishes for seriously ill children and their families, James said, “It really cheered me up to be able to give this money to Rays of Sunshine and end the year on a high. Everyone has suffered in 2020 but there are some families who are coping in unimaginable circumstances. I can’t wait to see the Tickets2Wishes scheme really take off again in 2021 when our businesses are fully open once more.”
Claire Quigley, Head of Fundraising: “We are so grateful to Funstation for this incredibly generous donation as part of the Tickets2Wishes initiative. These vital funds will help us continue our work in brightening young lives and the generosity shown here is something Rays of Sunshine and those supported by the charity will continue to be extremely thankful for.”
“On behalf of Rays of Sunshine and the children and families we help, thank you so much to Bacta members across the UK for all your fantastic support this year. Wishing you a wonderful festive season and a happy and healthy new year – we look forward to brightening even more lives together in 2021.”
(image: James Miller centre with Former Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and Rays of Sunshine families pre-COVID)
Tickets2Wishes is a scheme where Family Entertainment Centres encourage customers to donate their unused or left-over redemption tickets, so that they can be converted into money for the Rays of Sunshine Charity. Over 80 arcades nationwide take part and many thousands of pounds have been raised so far.
Bacta represents the owners and operators of seaside amusement arcades, over-18 amusement centres, and the companies that hire machines to pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and similar venues. It also represents the manufacturers and distributors of all types of amusement equipment. This can range from children’s rides, to jukeboxes, fruit machines in pubs and clubs, crane grabbers, penny falls, tuppeny nudgers, test your strength machines, videos, pool tables and gaming machines