Birmingham quizzers to go head to head in The Mighty Quiz to defeat dementia

26 January 2018

Teams will put their trivia knowledge to the test and tackle some wacky challenges at an event in Birmingham raising money for dementia research.

The quiz night at the Chung Ying Central restaurant, in Colmore Row, on Thursday 1 February, 6pm to 9pm, has been organised by the Alzheimer’s Research UK Birmingham Fundraising Group. It is part of the UK’s leading dementia research charity’s The Mighty Quiz campaign.

After a hugely successful first year, The Mighty Quiz has been relaunched for 2018. It provides quizmasters up and down the country with the tools to host their own events and raise money for pioneering dementia research.

As well as the usual trivia rounds, the Quizmaster packs also include hilarious extra challenges, such as building a spaghetti tower and dressing up a team member with tin foil, newspapers, bin liners and toilet paper.

Tickets for the Birmingham quiz cost £60 for a team of four and include food and drink. For more information or to book tickets go to www.facebook.com/ARUKBirmingham

A similar event last year raised more than £1,000, with the highlights being the contestants showing some fantastic creativity in a challenge to make a model of the ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ sculpture in Victoria Square out of foil and a highly competitive plank-off contest.

The event was the catalyst for setting up the Birmingham fundraising group, which was launched in October and organises fundraising events and activities as well as spreading the word about the charity within the local community.

The quiz was organised by Kate Evans and Michael Mitchell, who have gone on to become the leader and secretary of the group, respectively, while Pauline Finlay, who was a volunteer on the night, is now the group’s treasurer. Jackie Sperring and Katie Bentley, who were also volunteers at the event, have also become group members.

Kate, who was inspired to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because her grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease, said:

“I was overwhelmed by the support shown at last year’s quiz. It brought five of us together who have cared for and lost loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s disease and allows us to put our ideas and passion to good use. The quiz is highly competitive and will be a lot of fun – the plank-off may return!”

Zoe Baggott, Alzheimer’s Research UK Regional Fundraising Officer for the West Midlands, said:

“Last year’s quiz was great fun and a great success, so we are looking forward to this year’s event.

“We are delighted that hosting a Mighty Quiz has inspired those involved to become such dedicated supporters of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, including more than 11,000 in Birmingham. The vital funds raised by this quiz and the many others taking place across the country will power world-class dementia research projects and help bring an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”

For more information about hosting your own Mighty Quiz and to download a Quizmaster pack go to www.themightyquiz.org

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Birmingham Fundraising Group are also looking for new members. Anyone wishing to get involved in the group can contact Zoe on 07469 852501 or [email protected]

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org