Saint Francis Hospice hosted Brentwood’s biggest quiz last Friday at the Brentwood Centre. The event has been hailed as a massive success, breaking all records and selling out for the first time in its seven year history.
Phoenix FM not only entered two teams – one of which finishing 6th – but also provided the evening’s MC, Chris Hood, and the half-time entertainment in the form of Eat My Brunch host Michelle Ward who sang a great set.
Almost 900 quizzers took part with the Dagenham and Romford Donkeys, taking the winners title. Their team was made up of managers from the Romford and Dagenham stores of the Cooperative supermarket chain. The captain, Area Manager Mike Roast said, “We are over the moon to win, we can’t believe it.
“What a fantastic night out, I took part last year with a different team and we came 56th so this is definitely an improvement!”
Juliette Whittakker, Events Manager said “We are thrilled with the success of the quiz and the generosity of our supporters.
“On the night we raised £6,000 from the proceeds of our raffle and quizzers could pay a £5 and ask the Eggheads for an answer!”
Molly Austin (17) & her mother Lynsey attended the quiz for the first time, Lynsey said, “I’ve been blown away by it all this evening, it is amazing.” Molly who attends the Brentwood School was delighted to answer one of the trickier history questions!
Laura Davis, from Hutton said, “This is the second time I’ve come and it has been such a brilliant evening. “The atmosphere was fantastic and it was all for a wonderful cause.
“The highlight was definitely getting all the questions right in the music rounds and playing our joker!”
Jane Frame, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at the Hospice said “We would really like to thank all our sponsors The Big Yellow Storage Company, Phoenix FM and Marygreen Manor who all contributed so much to putting this night together.
“Barry Symmons and the Eggheads bring so much fun, our quizzers are delighted to get pics with them and pay for an answer. Steve Davis was brilliant too; he put together the music round and gave up his time to record it”.
“So many people contributed to the success of this event, our staff, volunteers and all of those who donated raffle prizes.”
Saint Francis Hospice relies on donations and fundraising events to provide their care and services, only 28% of their funding comes from the NHS which leaves a shortfall of £21,000 a day that needs to be raised to keep all the services going.”