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Quiz night raises £1,700 for Sudbury centre

PUBLISHED: 18:53 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 18:56 25 February 2019

Quizmaster Chris Helliwell, left, with winning team members Nathan Parsad, Angus Wyatt, Annabel Wyatt, Toni Scales, Ian Shaw, Gael Vigrass and Chris Vigrass. Picture: SUBMITTED

Quizmaster Chris Helliwell, left, with winning team members Nathan Parsad, Angus Wyatt, Annabel Wyatt, Toni Scales, Ian Shaw, Gael Vigrass and Chris Vigrass. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Quizgoers pitted their wits against each other to raise more than £1,000 for Sudbury's Kernos Centre.

The 12th annual quiz evening saw 129 people at Long Melford village hall wrestling with brain teasers set by quizmaster Chris Helliwell.

Amongst the particpants who raised more than £1,700 were Sudbury Town Mayor Sue Ayres, district councillors Jan and Adrian Osborne and MP’s wife Emily Cartlidge.

The winning team were ‘The Independent Group’, which included new Kernos director Ian Shaw and former director Gael Vigrass, who had driven down with husband Chris from Aberdeen that day to be there.

Chris Helliwell, who is quizmaster of the Cock & Bell in Long Melford, said: “The atmosphere at the Kernos quiz makes it so special, which is why I am very happy to run it every year.”

The Kernos Centre charity was opened in 2003 and provides counselling support services for adults, children and young people with emotional and psychological difficulties.

Ages of people helped range from childhood upwards and since it opened the centre has received more than 3,572 referrals for counselling support, providing 3,850 face-to-face counselling hours in 2018 alone.

Chris Boatwright, founder and clinical director, said: “Once again so many of the community supporting and attending was a real example of the community spirit which enables the Kernos Centre to continue.

“The quiz is not only a fun night but it is one of the ways Kernos looks to help with our desperately needed funding.

“The demand for counselling continues to grow, but the funding available this year looks to be very much decreased. The money raised will contribute to providing the much needed counselling support to people in our community.”

Go to the Kernos website to find out more about the centre.

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