Customers flocked to The Queenâ€™s Head, in Harston, on 27 November to enjoy aÂ Battle of the BrainsÂ quiz, and raised Â£200 for Great Shelford-based charity, Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK. Pub landlord Ken Culpeck had a night off pulling pints to act as quiz master for the fun filled evening.
Ken, who took over The Queenâ€™s Head in September, talked about theÂ Battle of the BrainsÂ quiz night and the motivation for supporting Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK:
â€œIt was a fantastic evening! The quiz pack made it really easy and the ready prepared questions meant I didnâ€™t have to think them up myself. As soon as people heard we were raising money for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, it struck a chord and the sign up list filled up very quickly. Nearly everyone seems to know someone affected by Alzheimerâ€™s or another form of dementia.”
â€œThere was lots of friendly rivalry and laughter between the teams and our picture round with celebrity chefs proved particularly popular. To add to the fun, local businesses donated prizes for a super raffle, which contributed to our fundraising total of Â£200 towards more pioneering dementia research.
â€œTheÂ Battle of the BrainsÂ winners, the Tricky Trees, were presented with bottles of wine. Eddie Gray on the losing team took charge of the consolation prize, a wooden spoon, but still went away smiling. It was great having an event with such a positive focus, to help defeat dementia.â€
Eddie Gray, a regular customer at The Queenâ€™s Head and Chair of the Newton Parish Council, said:
â€œAlthough my team lost, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Iâ€™m so pleased weâ€™ve helped to raise money for the research experts, Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK.”
â€œMy mother had a long struggle with Alzheimerâ€™s. Itâ€™s a devastating disease and it was very sad to see her gradually get more and more confused. It was made even worse knowing there was very little that could be done to help her. The only way weâ€™re going to get to the root of the problem is through research.â€
Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, added:
â€œWe really appreciate all the efforts made by Ken and his staff at The Queenâ€™s Head together with everyone who attended theÂ Battle of the BrainsÂ quiz â€“ itâ€™s a brilliant result! The money raised will pay for another ten hours of vital dementia research and bring us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia.”
â€œOver 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire live with the reality of dementia today but investment into research lags far behind other serious diseases. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future. We rely entirely on our wonderful supporters like Ken to fund our vital dementia research.â€
For a freeÂ Battle of the BrainsÂ quiz fundraising pack contact Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK on 01223 843899 or emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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