Wroughton school students’ quizzical ways help raise £4k for hospice

Callum Blunt, left, and Joel Garcia have entertained fellow students, friends and family and raised vital funds for Prospect Hospice

Callum Blunt, left, and Joel Garcia have entertained fellow students, friends and family and raised vital funds for Prospect Hospice

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TWO students from Ridgeway School in Wroughton have raised an impressive £4,000 for charity since they began hosting an annual brainteaser back in 2011.

Sixth-formers Joel Garcia and Callum Blunt have organised a quiz night for Prospect Hospice at the school each year, and this month the event raised more than £1,800.

The quiz, on February 1, saw 280 people – mostly teachers, students, families and friends – pit their knowledge on a variety of topics.

The winning team was made up of a 12-year-old student, his parents and their friends.

“We are very pleased with how the evening went and particularly proud that we have been able to increase the donation we have been able to make to Prospect Hospice by almost £500 in each of the years that we have put the quiz on,” said 17-year-old Callum.

“This year we raised it through the quiz, a half-time game of heads and tails and a table football challenge.

“We had around a dozen helpers who baked and sold cakes on the night, and sold raffle tickets too – a real team effort.”

Yet with both pupils set to leave Ridgeway School in the summer, there had been a concern that this year would be the quiz night’s last.

However, according to Joel, also 17, it seems there are younger students prepared to pick up the event where he and Callum plan to leave it.

“We are pleased that there has been some interest already from other students who have said that they would be interested in taking over the organisation and running of it next year,” he said.

“It has been such a success in what it has raised, and also in becoming a really good social occasion, that it would be a shame if it didn’t continue without us.”

Prospect Hospice’s community fundraiser Amy Francombe said: “We are so grateful to Joel and Callum and their helpers for putting on the quiz night for a third year.

“It has become increasingly popular and more successful by the year so we are really hoping that some younger students will step up to take over its organisation to continue its success.”

Also raising funds for the hospice this month were Oriental Aroma in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The restaurant held several fundraisers and raised a grand total of £5,925.76.

The Mayor's Chaity Dinner event at the restaurant on Sunday raised almost £3,500 and nearly £2,500 was raised from various school visits.

Owner James Huynh said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the fundraising events – thank you all for your continuous support.”

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