AN MP has praised Buzz Bingo for donating hundreds of pounds needed to help disabled athletes get back on the road after vandals damaged their minibus.

The vehicle belonging to Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) had its catalytic converter stolen two weeks ago – the second time the part had been taken in three months.

Shipley MP Philip Davies contacted the Bingo Association to see whether they could help.

Fortunately, they could and Buzz Bingo - one of the association’s largest members with clubs in both Bradford and Keighley - offered to pay the £400 excess for the insurance to help its local community.

Mr Davies said: "Bingo has a very important place in local communities, and I am hugely grateful to the Bingo Association for stepping in to help such a very worthy cause.

"Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure do a wonderful job and I am pleased to have been able to help secure this generous and very much needed donation.

"I hope this money will mean they can pay the excess on their insurance and get the vital repairs done and get back on the road."

Chief Executive of the Bingo Association Miles Baron said: “Bingo prides itself in helping out local communities.

"We are delighted that Buzz Bingo one of our largest operators has come to the rescue helping BDSL in supporting this wonderful service."

The minibus, which is labelled with BDSL logos, was parked in the Westcliffe Medical Centre when the theft happened.

Organisers now fear they need to find a more secure location to keep the vehicles or have someone watch over them.

Hilary White, Chair of BDSL said: "I would like to thank Philip for his rapid support in getting Buzz Bingo to help us out in our hour of need.

"The bus is so important to get our disabled athletes to the various training sessions and competitions."

The theft happened weeks after BDSL returned home from the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi in March armed with a large medal haul following their success at the event.