Organisers of a charity quiz night hosted by TV personality Stephen Fry were “overwhelmed” when it raised more than £7,500 – FIVE times more than they’d hoped for.
Swaffham couple Pam and Stuart Frost held the event in memory of Stuart’s son Kevin Frost, who died from Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer – at the age of just 23.
The quiz was held atSwaffham’s Green Britain Centre in October, two years on from Kevin’s death, and the money raised was donated to two charities which helped Kevin through his treatment, plus a third cause, last week.
The grand total of £7,594.98 was split equally between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice and also Steph’s Wishes, which was set up in memory of Kevin’s friend Stephanie Knight, who also died from Ewings Sarcoma in May 2013.
The charity funds ‘Memory Days’ for young people, aged 18 to 25, who are suffering from recurring or terminal cancer.
Kevin’s step-mum Pam, who works at the Green Britain Centre, said when she and Stuart decided to organise the quiz night, they were only hoping to raise around £500 for each charity.
She said: “We were completely overwhelmed by how much was raised, it is just amazing.”
Some £3,800 of the total was raised by Stuart’s employer Ideal Boilers.
The company was only asked to donate a raffle prize, but fellow workers took the cause to their hearts, and decided instead to raise money with things like an I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here-style Bushtucker Trial and an auction.
Pam said they had discussed holding a quiz night during Kevin’s treatment, and he had said he would love to invite Mr Fry to chair it.
Pam then approached the QI host about the event during the Narborough Fete last July and said he was “very enthusiastic” about getting involved.
She said: “It was Kevin’s dream to raise money and have Stephen Fry involved and we’ve achieved that dream. He would have been so proud.”
More than 200 people in 32 teams took part in the quiz, and many more Swaffham folk donated prizes for the raffle.
“It was an awesome night. Stephen Fry added his own humour to the questions and everyone had such a good time,” said Pam.
Pam thanked Mr Fry for giving up his time to support the event, Barclays Bank who matched funded £1,000 of the total, Kristian Allan buses of Dereham, which donated large value raffle prizes, and Nick Watkinson from Emotive Sounds for providing lighting at the last minute.
She also thanked all the volunteers who helped set up on the night.