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Dingwall woman wants bingo night to 'just be a success for my granny'


By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Simone and her granny Nora.
Simone and her granny Nora.

Dingwall woman holds annual bingo fundraiser in memory of granny who lost her two-time fight to cancer last February.

Simone Stewart took part in the 2023 Strictly Inverness competition in aid of Highland Hospice, and has decided to make one of her fundraising events an annual affair to support the lifeline charity.

The event being held in the memory of Simone's 'hardy' granny, Norah Wells, who fought two cancers, is taking place on Saturday, February 3 at the Legion Club in Dingwall, from 8pm until midnight.

Alongside an '80s theme, the night will feature bingo, prizes, dancing and a DJ.

Simone said: "I took part in Strictly Inverness last year for my granny – she loved dancing too. I put so much work into it as I wanted to raise as much money as I could for Highland Hospice.

"My granny sadly lost her fight to cancer on February 3 last year.

"I had a fundraising event planned the following night, and it was really hard for us carry on and I nearly cancelled it, but we were doing it for her so we came together as a family made sure that it was the best night for her.

The event was a sell-out with 200 people coming, and it was the best night raising over £3000 for Highland Hospice. My gran loved bingo and good night out, so with it falling on her anniversary I decided to make it an annual event in memory of my amazing granny and raise some more money for Highland Hospice.

Ali Matheson will be hosting the event, with Liam Christie as DJ.

Simone with her mum and her granny.
Simone with her mum and her granny.

Simone continued: "I want to make it the best night again for her, and this is where I need help.

"The event is £15 a ticket (with small booking fee) plus cheap drink in the bar. Everyone has been so supportive with all my fundraising.

"I just want this night to be a success for my granny."


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