Firms' brain power proves very profitable for charity
A QUIZ that saw city companies battling to be named Bristol's brainiest business has raised £20,000 for a cancer charity.
The money raised at Marie Curie Cancer Care's Brain Game at The Bristol Hotel will provide 1,000 hours of care to people with terminal illnesses in the area.
The event was a night of New York-inspired glitz and glamour with a competitive edge as teams competed over six rounds for the title of the city's cleverest company.
Each quiz round was hosted by a celebrity guest.
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Heart Breakfast's Ed, Troy and Paulina, actor Tristan Gemmill, who is best known for his role in Casualty, chef Dean Edwards, Bristol Rovers player Fabian Broghammer, fashion designer Gilly Woo and singer Marc Dillon were in charge of reading out the questions on Thursday night. Stand-up comedian Mark Olver was the quiz master while TV auctioneer and antiques expert Jamie Breese was in charge of the auction.
But the biggest star of the night was local Marie Curie nurse Catherine Le Roy who explained to competitors just what the money raised would mean for the people she supports to fulfil their wish to die at home.
She spoke of what Marie Curie care means to almost 200 families in the Bristol area who benefit from the charity's support each year.
The charity's 16 local nurses provided more than 9,700 hours of care to 190 patients and families last year free of charge. Providing the service costs £20 an hour and is reliant upon fundraising through events like the Brain Game.
The quiz was won by one of the VIP tables at the event, with competitors including Dean Edwards and Tristan Gemmill.
Penny Reeves, regional corporate development manager for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "There was a wonderful community atmosphere and people really enjoyed themselves.
"I think it was very emotional to hear Catherine Le Roy talk of one of the people she helped and relating what she was doing in Bristol back to New York.
"I think that is quite special because it is about families and how what we were doing at the Brain Game gives people the chance to spend their final weeks, days and hours together at home."
At the end of the quiz it was announced that £17,000 had been raised for Marie Curies through the event but additional donations and an extra lot auctioned off at the end of the night brought the total to £20,000.