The Queen’s Head Raises £200 for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Customers flocked to The Queen’s Head, in Harston, on 27 November to enjoy a Battle of the Brains quiz, and raised £200 for Great Shelford-based charity, Alzheimer’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 Queen’s Head in September, talked about the Battle of the Brains quiz night and the motivation for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK:

“It was a fantastic evening! The quiz pack made it really easy and the ready prepared questions meant I didn’t have to think them up myself. As soon as people heard we were raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, it struck a chord and the sign up list filled up very quickly. Nearly everyone seems to know someone affected by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.”

“There 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 £200 towards more pioneering dementia research.

“The Battle of the Brains 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.”

Eddie Gray, a regular customer at The Queen’s Head and Chair of the Newton Parish Council, said:

“Although my team lost, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I’m so pleased we’ve helped to raise money for the research experts, Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

“My mother had a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. It’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 we’re going to get to the root of the problem is through research.”

Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Research UK, added:

“We really appreciate all the efforts made by Ken and his staff at The Queen’s Head together with everyone who attended the Battle of the Brains quiz – it’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.”

“Over 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.”

For a free Battle of the Brains quiz fundraising pack contact Alzheimer’s Research UK on 01223 843899 or email

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