Buzz Bingo is to donate half a million pounds to two Alzheimer charities. Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland will be receiving the donations, as part of its ‘Thank You’ charity event.

The UK bingo operator, is set to host its event on Saturday 15 June at Buzz Bingo, Tooting, South London, and will feature comedian and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, Jo Brand, who is set to receive the cheque from Peter Brigden, Buzz Bingo’s chief retail officer.

Open to all members, the guests will be in with a chance of winning one of ten £1000 prizes which are on offer throughout the evening.

Peter Brigden spoke on the donations: “We’re so pleased to reach this milestone of over £500,000 in donations for Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland, the UK’s leading dementia support and research charities.

“The Thank You event at our Tooting club will be a moment of celebration, and we look forward to welcoming Buzz Bingo members to take part.”

As a result of the donation, Buzz is helping in funding community-based support for people with dementia across the whole of the UK.

In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, twelve Alzheimer’s Society ‘Side by Side’ services have been funded, with volunteer support being provided to people with dementia, to ensure that these people in need continue to play an active role in their community.

In Scotland, the money has helped fund Dementia Resource Centres, providing advice, information, emotional support and social activities.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society, added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you for such a milestone donation from Buzz Bingo. Currently, there are 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, with many feeling isolated and alone.

“This invaluable donation will help fund our ‘Side By Side’ service, ensuring people with dementia can continue to play active roles in their community and do the things they love with the support of volunteers.

“We’re delighted that our Ambassador Jo Brand could join us at the event, and are extremely grateful for her continued support of Alzheimer’s Society.”