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KM Big Charity Quiz staged at St George Hotel, Chatham raises funds for Medway charities

By Simon Dolby
Donna Newland of Barclays joins Jenni Horn of the Medway Messenger and David Moorman of Specsavers to announce the amount raised for charity at the Medway heat of the KM Big Charity Quiz.
Donna Newland of Barclays joins Jenni Horn of the Medway Messenger and David Moorman of Specsavers to announce the amount raised for charity at the Medway heat of the KM Big Charity Quiz.

Medway’s record breaking KM Big Charity Quiz raised £7,000 for good causes on Friday night.

A host of good causes are set to benefit from the event including the Medway Messenger’s charity of the year Medway Unit 1 Skatepark Children’s Charity as well as children’s literacy, road safety and green travel initiatives. A special draw was also staged on the night for charities and good causes that had booked at least one table at the event. This earned Making Miracles, the baby trauma and bereavement care cause, a slice of the charity pot.

Quiz master Simon Dolby announced on the night that a Medway school would receive the KM Charity Team’s Literacy Stars scheme and this would be awarded in the name of Sarah Clarke, the Messenger’s News Editor, who sadly died of cancer and whose funeral took place in early March.

Mr Dolby said: “Sarah’s support for the KM Big Charity Quiz helped the event thrive over the last decade and become a major event in Medway supporting scores of local causes. We are delighted to use some of the funds raised from this year’s Medway Big Quiz to fund literacy activity in a school in Sarah’s name.”

The four top teams taking part in the quiz, staged at the St George Hotel, Chatham, have all earned a spot in the county final due to take place at the end of the year. This means event champions Supernova, second placed Medway Mail and Female and The Wogglers and Earwego will all take on teams topping the score table at April’s Canterbury KM Big Charity Quiz heat as well as events staged in Ashford in June and Maidstone in November. This is not the first time Supernova has topped the score table in Medway, having also won the event in 2014 and 2016.

There was a extra touch of drama on the night when Barbara Langiano from Rainham won a sudden death question earning a pair of Eurostar tickets.

The event was supported by a host of organisations including Specsavers, Hornby, IMP, Office Angels and McDonalds. Kent brewer Shepherd Neame donated the beverages for the charity bar and volunteers from Barclays bank manned the charity bar and then used their pound for pound scheme to boost the charity pot. Every member of the winning team won ferry crossing vouchers donated by DFDS.

To find out more about the event visit www.kmbigquiz.co.uk To discuss sponsoring a category or becoming a partner at a big quiz heat contact Simon Dolby on sdolby@thekmgroup.co.uk

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