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Cygnet Quiz raises over £1K for charity

An online quiz event with teams of staff and service users from almost 20 Cygnet services has raised £1,100 to be split between two charities.

The fundraising event was organised by Kerry Booth, Occupational Therapist at Cygnet Aspen House. Kerry contacted all the occupational therapists in the company to invite their services to take part in the quiz. To enter each team was aked to donate £50 towards the charity pot.

The idea for the quiz came on the back of a similar event last year which resulted in a fantastic donation going to Food Aware. Food Aware cover all of South Yorkshire and support numerous projects and families especially over Christmas.

This time Kerry came up with the idea of a 50/50 quiz with half of the money raised going to Food Aware and the other half going to a charity nominated by the winning quiz team.

The quiz was keenly competed with high scores across a number of teams. In the end two teams, from Cygnet Hospital Harrogate and Cygnet Hospital Taunton, were tied in first place and went head to head on a tie breaker question.

Q. How many houses does Santa have to visit every second on Christmas Eve to cover the world?
A. 832

With 832 being the answer, both teams guessed low, however the team from Cygnet Hospital Taunton came closest and were crowned winners of the 50/50 Charity Quiz.

The team was called ‘Hits and Misses’ and was made up of staff and service users from Redwood Ward and Swift Ward. The team chose to donate their half of the money raised to ‘The Christmas Sparkle Project’ a local charity which they have been supporting in recent weeks.

The Christmas Sparkle Project is run by the community for the community. They work with local charities who support families in need and they aim to give a Christmas gift to every child aged 0-18 years living in difficult circumstances in the Taunton and Wellington community.

“Everyone leapt up from their seats and roared with excitement when we were announced as the winners. Thank you so much for putting on the Christmas quiz, our service users are buzzing from winning which is amazing to see.”Nicholas Gridley, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Congratulations to ‘Hits and Misses’ and well done to everyone else who took part!! A special thank you to Kerry for organising the event.

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