Black Country quiz night raises £1,000 for sight loss charity

Thursfields’ quiz night in the Black Country raised more than £1,000 for the Beacon Centre, which helps people with sight loss to live fuller and more independent lives.

Scores of brainy people in 18 teams from companies and organisations across the region took part in the event on Thursday 15 March at The Seven Stars, Gospel End Road, Sedgley.

Entry fees from each team and a raffle raised £501, an amount that the Lloyds Bank Foundation then doubled, meaning that a total of £1,002 resulted from the evening.

Pam Arrowsmith and Jasdeep Nagra led the organising for Thursfields Solicitors, helped by colleagues Priya Ohri, Kim Palmer, Julie Shepherd and Tracey Side.

Julia Warrilow, finance director at Thursfields, said: “This was a super, fun-filled evening and we were delighted to see so many local people take part. But it was particularly pleasing that the event raised more than £1,000 for Beacon, a charity which does marvellous work for people with sight loss in the Black Country.”

Ian Monk, a relationship manager from Lloyds Bank, who acted as quizmaster at the event, said: “We’re always keen to support local good causes in the communities we serve, and this was a great night where everyone had good fun as well.”

The Beacon Centre began life in 1875 as the Wolverhampton Society for the Blind. It’s now based in Sedgley, and provides support and advice to visually impaired people across the Black Country.

Peter Moodie, awareness officer at the Beacon Centre, said: “We’re really grateful to Thursfields and Lloyds for arranging this quiz. The money raised will really help our services for people with sight loss.”

As well as Thursfields and Lloyds, other companies and organisations that took part included: Prosperity Wealth, Fieldings Auctioneers, Crowe Clark Whitehill, The Grand Theatre, Lewis Smith & Co, Unidoc Solutions, Griffith and Pegg, Halesowen & Rowley Regis Rotary Club, New Channel Developments and Wolverhampton City Council.

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