Charity Curry ‘n’ Quiz Night for St Helena Hospice & Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group

After the success of our Superhero Boot Camp event for MNDA in August, and with our recruitment drive for The Silver Line well under way, we decided to do something a little different for our next charity event. On Friday 7th of October we brought together friends and family under the roof of Colchester Rugby Club for a rousing Quiz & Curry night, all in aid of St Helena Hospice and Stepping Stones. (If you want to know how much we raised, scroll to the bottom of this article!)

Throughout the evening the atmosphere was really something. It certainly felt as though everyone in attendance had turned up to achieve something together, and as I flitted from table to table selling raffle tickets and other volunteers encouraged people to get involved with the silent auctions, I quickly realised that not only did we have a fantastic turnout (about 120 in total attendance) but we had managed to pull a real assortment of generations, all of whom were discussing quiz tactics in hushed circles.

Everything kicked off with some words from our Directors Karen & Julie on the importance of raising money for the two causes the night was dedicated to, alongside some thanks to those involved; sponsors, donors, organisers & team members, and of course everyone who turned up. After a drink from the bar, things got into full swing with a game of ‘heads or tails’, a game in which you quite literally place your hands on your head or your ‘tail’ and are eliminated at the toss of a coin. After a winner emerged, the quiz could finally begin!

Our choice of host for the evening, ‘Big’ Jim Ketley-O’Donel, had a great routine as Quizmaster and a very well-crafted quiz – his experience in hosting pub quizzes really shone through. As the questions got under way, heads went down and the low murmuring of answers began, occasionally interjected with slightly louder whispers of ‘I know this one!’ or ‘Shh, you’ll give away the answer!’ (I must admit at this point that none of that emanated from my table as we stared at one another looking vague, hoping that we might overhear correct answers).

Several tricky rounds ensued, and Big Jim kept us all on our toes as the ‘Sports’ round quickly developed into a round about board games and at one point pictures of Mr Men were handed out (to the glee, or dismay, of everyone in the room). Pauses were taken, firstly for some superb curry cooked by the Rugby Club’s very own catering team for which our quiz-goers literally queued around the room to get their hands on a plate of, and secondly for the charity raffle. The raffle was a massive success, thanks to the generosity of both local and national businesses who donate prizes.

It was a great night, but unfortunately all good things have to come to an end. After round-on-round of puzzling questions, music trivia & surprise extra points, ‘My Drinking Team has a Trivia Problem’ emerged victoriously, and as the evening wound down the room was packed with full stomachs and happy faces.

We are immensely grateful to everyone that came along to our evening, to our team for getting involved, and to the generous donors that made it just that little bit more exciting. We’d also like to again thank Pete Lacey for printing all of our marketing material, Big Jim for hosting & the Rugby Club for having us. Make sure you take a look at our Quiz Night photo album on Facebook and find out more about our two charities by clicking on their names in the title. See you at the next one!

We can now proudly announce that our grand total comes to £2,000 on the nose! That’s £1,000 for each charity, which is absolutely amazing! Well done everyone!