The latest initiative in a county charity’s fundraising drive got off to a flying start last weekend.
Friends of Sussex Hospices came up with the idea of a pub quiz series - so well-wishers could enjoy a good evening while raising money for a cause close to their hearts. The Mad March Pub quiz was devised by the Friends and is backed by Pub Landlord Al Murray.
First off was The Laughing Fish at Isfield which launched the month’s quiz programme.
Landlords Andy and Lynda Brook were delighted to be first in the frame for the whole series and enjoyed a triumphant evening raising a fantastic £408 for the charity.
Overall Friends of Susssex Hospices events organiser Patricia Evans said three pubs have now held their quizzes - with more to come.
She explained: “The Bell at Ticehurst has raised £200 and the White Hart, Easebourne, in West Sussex, has raised £80.
“Next in line is the Plough and Horses, Crowborough, with a quiz on Friday where the landlord here has organised a quiz with a difference, with a Play Your Cards right session, a charity haircut and an auction.
“Among auction prizes are a balloon ride for two, an overnight stay and meal at the Mermaid Inn, Rye, and a meal for two at Thackerays in Lewes.”
The Woolpack in Chichester holds its quiz on March 19 and the theme there is old Sussex pub games including dominoes and cribbage.
While being fun for people taking part, these quizzes support the 12 hospice care providers across East and West Sussex. If Andy and Lynda’s hard work and enthusiasm is repeated in the other participating pubs the Mad March Pub Quiz will raise more than last year’s total of £10,000.
The Friends of Sussex Hospices was first set up by former High Sheriff of East Sussex, Kathy Gore of Framfield in East Sussex. But its success saw the charity’s work spread to cover hospice care and at home services throughout the county.