Charity Bingo Review
Updated On Tuesday 29th April 2014
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Fund raising for charity using bingo is nothing new. Bingo Giving, Big Heart Bingo, Rehab, Pink Ribbon and more recently Tickety Boo have all jumped aboard the charitable band wagon. Although Charity Bingo are not new, they were the 5th member of the 15 Network, the site has recently relaunched but it's goal remains the same.
Every Deposit Supports Charity
Charity Bingo aims to raise money for good causes by taking £1 from every £20 deposited and passing it on to their charity of the month. Last month (March 2014) for example they raised £529 for Scope whilst previously they've help British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. This month they're hoping to hit at least £300 to help Whizz Kidz. Questions are often asked about does the money go to the mentioned causes - well Charity Bingo link to JustGiving pages showing their donations.
Disappointingly there's no indication of how much so far has been raised - something we'd like to see as it would add another level of transparency. Players can email in and suggest good causes for the site to support but we'd like to see perhaps a monthly vote and perhaps even support for less well know charities.
Charity Begins With Players
As mentioned, Charity were the 5th site to emerge on the 15 Network. This means it uses the Jumpman Platform and offers players 75 and 90 ball games. For those who prefer slots and instants then these are available to enjoy too. As the donation comes from deposits rather than wagering - all players on Charity will be helping build the fund for good causes. However, is helping a good cause enough to make you want to play at the site?
In our reviews of Bingo Giving, Tickety Book and Pink Ribbon we've raised the same question - what is on offer for players. We're still not inclined to believe that helping a good cause is a strong enough reason to choose one bingo site over another. The problem Charity Bingo has along with those sites doing similar things is that they're not doing enough to bring in players. As a player we want special offers, exclusives and something we can't find on another site on the same network. We can always make a personal donation to a good cause.
200% Welcome Bonus
Currently Charity Bingo relies only on the network promotions such as Weekend Wad, Friday Jackpots, Midweek Madness and regular deposit bonuses to entice players. The standard 200% welcome offer and spin the wheel bonus is in the mix too. In our view this is not enough. That said we can't knock the aim of the site and perhaps as player numbers increases so will the donations and in turn players will be rewarded with exclusives. That may sound cold and uncharitable but people play the lottery primarily to win for themselves - the good causes and everything is a secondary thought.
Another thing to consider is that a number of sites such as Tidy (Help For Heroes) and Mecca (Carers Trust) are doing their bit for good causes without making it their main selling point. Whilst we can't knock the raison d'Ítre of bingo sites with the sole aim of raising funds we do feel that they must do more to compete for the bingo players attention and ultimately their pounds.