Last Monday (25th November), we welcomed 80 local businesspeople to our seventh annual Quiz, Chips & Mushy Peas event and raised over £1,000 for our charity of the year!
The quiz, at The Elite Fish & Chip Company in Lincoln, sold out in record time and raised an amazing £1,321 for Help Me, I’m Fine (HMIF), our chosen Charity of the Year.
The venue was at full capacity as 20 teams of four were put to the test in eight categories including general knowledge, television, music, sport and current affairs.
Four rounds of quizzing marked the halfway point, and players sat down to refuel their minds with a fish, chips and mushy peas supper.
Last year’s winners from Lincoln Cathedral returned to defend their title. Scoring a total of 69 out of 90 points, they retained their crown for the second year running and took home this year’s top prize: a luxury wine and food hamper, courtesy of Helen Cousin, founder of HMIF.
Winners of this year’s best team name, ‘Can Salmon Else Answer This Question?’, were Obam Stairlifts, as chosen by staff from the Elite restaurant.
They were presented with £20 worth of vouchers to spend at the Elite restaurants and takeaways. Shortly after, Lincoln Cathedral struck lucky once again winning a paintballing experience for 12 people, valued at £200, during a game of heads or tails.
There were also 22 prizes to be claimed in the raffle including a curry masterclass for two, kindly donated by Curry Jacks and a selection of massage vouchers, kindly donated by Mandarin Mothers.
Each year we work on a pro bono basis for a charity which wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford PR or marketing services. We launched our chippy quiz in 2013 to support each charity’s fundraising efforts.
The quiz has generated over £7,000 to date and the money we’ve raised for HMIF this year will provide the funds for further THRIVE approach training in local primary schools.
Helen Cousin began HMIF in memory of her daughter, Maisie Cousin-Stirk from Misterton, who sadly took her own life in 2017, after a private battle with her mental health.
Helen said: “Since starting up our charity two years ago we have raised an amazing £35,000 through donations, book sales and events, such as the chippy quiz night.
“All funds raised go towards THRIVE approach training within schools. So far, we have funded sessions in eight local primary schools as well as two sensory gardens and a sensory room.
“The support we, as a family and a charity, have received throughout the past two years has been overwhelming and equally heart-warming. I am truly touched by the kindness and generosity we have received.”
Our chippy quiz has become such a popular event in people’s diaries that it sold out this year in record time!
As ever, we are extremely grateful for everyone’s support in helping to make the evening such a success.
Special thanks to the team at The Elite Fish & Chip Company for allowing us to host the quiz at their Lincoln restaurant for a fifth year, and to all who very kindly donated prizes.