We first got to know Chris Hughes when he appeared on Love Island in 2017.
The 27-year-old quickly charmed viewers (as well as one of his co-stars, Olivia Attwood) with his generosity, witty banter and love of farming. Plus, who could forget his “bromance” with Love Island star, Kem Cetinay?
Although Chris was pipped to the post by Kem and Amber for the Love Island winners’ prize of £50,000, he didn’t fade into the background after the show ended.
Instead, Chris went on to do some modelling, present several TV shows, release a song with fellow contestant Kem, raise awareness of testicular cancer and enjoy a role with ITV Racing. Plus, he’s also been chosen as one of the new faces of Mecca Bingo.
Initially, Chris was asked to host Mecca’s Facebook Live weekly quizzes during the COVID-19 lockdown. Thanks to this, each week thousands of trivia and Love Island fans tuned in to take part.
More recently, however, he’s turned his attention to charitable work and has been helping Mecca Bingo with its #MeccaTogether campaign.
#MeccaTogether encourages people from all walks of life to do something “to spread a bit of joy” such as send a handwritten card to a loved one or offer to cook someone dinner. Mecca has been doing the same by helping to support key workers and local charities, as well as enlist the help of several celebrities to keep its players entertained at home while its clubs have been closed.
Recently, Chris Hughes dropped into his local Dagenham branch of Mecca Bingo to help some of the club’s volunteers prep and deliver food to vulnerable and homeless people in the area.
Since the start of lockdown, Mecca Bingo clubs have delivered over 50,000 meals, which include free meals for key workers and care packages for local charities.