John Grose quiz nights boost charity coffers

Jennifer Reed, centre, of John Grose, presents charity quiz cheques to Jo Reeder, left, of Age UK Su

Jennifer Reed, centre, of John Grose, presents charity quiz cheques to Jo Reeder, left, of Age UK Suffolk, and Gemma Smith from East Anglia�s Children�s Hospices. - Credit: supplied

The first Ipswich John Grose quiz nights saw more than 200 people take part to help raise more than £2,500 for charity.

Fifteen teams took part in nine subject rounds at the Peugeot dealership in Goddard Road, Ipswich, with the winners team Agatha Quiztie after a tense tie-break with Tina’s team and an impressive score from both. The evening raised a fantastic £952 for BBC Children in Need, which took place nationally the next day.

A week later, at the Citroen and Ford dealership on Ransomes Europark, the second Ipswich charity quiz took place, this time in aid of local charities Age UK Suffolk and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Team Careless Whiskers beat the 25 other teams, with only six questions wrong in the entire quiz. The event raised £1,587 which has been split equally between the two charities.

Jennifer Reed, John Grose marketing manager, said: “Members of our team have seen first-hand the fantastic facilities and services offered by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. We are also very aware of the invaluable support Age UK Suffolk gives to elderly people in our area, especially important at this time of year, and were very keen to play our part in helping children across the country through BBC Children in Need, so we were only too pleased to host the quiz nights to raise funds for them all.

“It was great to welcome people into our dealerships who had never visited us before, as well as to see some friendly, familiar faces. We have a great team here at John Grose and I hope all who attended will feel comfortable to visit us again – for next year’s quiz, if not before!”

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Gemma Smith, EACH corporate fund-raiser, said: “Thank you so much to all the staff at John Grose who organised the quiz and all those who attended for raising such a fantastic sum. All the funds raised will help support the vital work of EACH in providing care to children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families.”

Jo Reeder, business development officer for Age UK Suffolk, added: “All of the money raised from this will go directly to supporting older people in the county with what can often be vital services and support.”

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Compering the quiz at Ransomes Europark was PGA professional and director of golf at Seckford Golf Club Simon Jay who hosts hundreds of quizzes at the golf club through the year. At Goddard Road, Peugeot local business specialist Simon Long asked a great range of questions.

The Ipswich quiz nights followed the first John Grose charity quiz night at Lowestoft earlier this month, where a further £810 was raised for EACH and Age UK Suffolk, bringing the grand total for charity to £3,350.

For information on events at John Grose telephone Jennifer Reed on 01473 242220, email, log on to or visit the dealership.

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