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The Charity Series Quiz Night results!

Firstly we can only apologise if you’ve been on the tip of your toes waiting to find out what happened at this year’s quiz night, because that’s really gotta hurt by now. 

But we do have news of another excellent night and the closest-ever contest, hosted in style as ever by the good folks of Patch St Paul's and your super-suave quizmasters Rob Wyatt and Matt Glass, ably assisted by Palak Bhatt, Stato crunching the numbers and more, with a superb sum raised for and by the excellent fundraisers at QEF!

Your trusty blogger couldn’t actually be there in person, on account of preparing to launch Harris Hill Scotland on an unsuspecting Caledonian public via the lovely (and patient) people at Third Force News, Scotland’s leading third sector publication; our first ever appearance in Scottish press!

But we've gathered the goss from the rest of Team Harris Hill who were out in force, enough to field not one but two quiz teams, one placing a respectable 15th and the other, erm, keeping the bottom end of the table warm in traditional style. We have our uses.


And the winners were...

Things were exceptionally tight at the top, with four teams too close to call and the final placings coming down to some very tense moments with tiebreakers…

…from which emerged the top three, with the bronze going to the chaps from Lumos, the children’s charity founded by a vaguely successful author you may have heard of, and silver to the Cafological Liars of CAF (Charities Aid Foundation).

But just pipping them to the post with the tiebreaker were The Cantelopes, the softball-forged partnership of Can Mezzanine and Disability Rights UK!

An honorary mention too for The Bearos (of CAB), only narrowly nudged into fourth in an exceptionally close contest – so congratulations all round!

Prizes galore!

There were plenty of winners too in the charity raffle, with our very own Faye and Frances on ticket-rummaging duties to despatch all kinds of excellent prizes, generously donated by the wonderful people at (deep breath): Embody Wellness, Whistlepunks Urban Axe Throwing, the Beefeater Gin Distillery, Floatworks Vauxhall, Psycle, Kennington's Windmill Flowers, the Sipsmith Gin Distillery, Oliver Bonas, the Biscuiteers and Mondo Brewing Company!

A huge thank you to all of these brilliant businesses for their donations, which together with help from our CEO Aled Morris and their fundraising team, resulted in a tremendous total for QEF (Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People)!

You’ll find a few more photos below which need little explanation, except to note that Stato was - we believe - unharmed in the making of the penultimate pic.

Meanwhile the next stage of the Charity Series is already taking shape, which is the big one. Yes, next week the great and the good (citation needed) of the organisers and sponsors will be convening right here at Harris Hill Towers to make plans for the 2019 London Charity Softball League!

Until then...

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