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Big charity quiz raises big money for HAD

27 April 2018

The question is how can a charity quiz night raise over £8,500? When there has been a lot of hard work and dedication by Potters Bar-based entrepreneurial family company, RO Group, the answer is easy.


For starters a dedicated team of employees work tirelessly to ensure the quiz runs successfully. A huge and varied raffle is a big bonus and a quick-fire auction, featuring fantastic holidays, added to the coffers.

The quiz is now in its 17th year and is well supported by business people who come from near and far to outwit each other. Over the years the RO Group quiz event has firmly established itself by raising an impressive £65,000 to the benefit of numerous local Herts-based charities.

This year's event saw twenty-two teams gather at the local Wyllyotts Theatre to take part and raise money for HAD.

Quiz Master and MC Bernard O'Neill set and asked the questions and RO Group Chairman Richard Rowlandson's team, 'Chairman’s Chums' answered most of them to finish in first place. HAD's We've HAD It team came a respectable 11th and Complete IT received the wooden spoons.

RO Group staff including Alynne Phillips, Kelly Dyson, Lucy Zekayi, Paul Threadingham and Joan Clark, worked tirelessly before and during the quiz. “I've been involved with organising events like this for many years and know how much work is involved,” HAD Fundraiser Paul Bishop explained. To witness at first hand how smoothly and successfully this event panned out was an education.

“It was awfully sad that our Chief Executive Annabelle Waterfield passed away just two weeks before the quiz,” Paul said. “She was an inspirational leader of the charity for 30 years and also a regular member of our quiz team. She would have loved this event.”

The final total should be nudging towards £9,000 thanks to the generosity of Jim Allman. Jim, from Boulter Mossman, won the luxury chocolate hamper in the raffle, and has decided to donate it to HAD to re-raffle.

The money will go towards refurbishing HAD's equipment centre and replacing a transport vehicle.


BIG CHEQUE: RO Group Chief Executive Richard Rowlandson and Managing Director Edward Rowlandson present the cheque to HAD Chairman Nigel Dotchin in the presence of Helen Gray, Director, Hertfordshire Community Foundation