Charity’s virtual quiz raises more than £10,000

A weekly quiz has raised more than £10,000 for a local Wolverhampton charity.

Compton Care’s virtual quiz was set up five weeks ago when the UK government first introduced the country-wide lockdown and as a result the charity’s fundraising team set out to find an innovative way to boost income and keep their loyal supporters entertained from the comfort of their own homes.

Since then the quiz has increased in popularity with more than 200 people taking part each week from all over the world. Today the charity announced it has raised £11,618 to date with the total expected to continue to increase week on week.

Natalie Wood, Corporate and Trusts Partnerships Manager, said: “We’re absolutely blown away to have raised more than £11,000 and it’s all thanks to the generosity, support and dedication of our loyal supporters.

“Things are all a little difficult, very uncertain and incredibly challenging at the moment, but we’re so humbled that people continue to let us into their homes every Friday night to spread a little laughter.

“This week we topped £10,000, a figure that never even crossed our minds when we started hosting these quizzes five weeks ago.

“Here at Compton Care, we’re all working harder than ever to keep our services going so that we can continue to provide extraordinary care to our patients, as well as helping out our local #NHS partners and district nursing teams in the fight against Covid19. Knowing our supporters are behind us every step of the way makes it all that little bit easier.”

The money raised could fund the equivalent of 15 nights on the inpatient unit, 31 night sitting sessions, 43 visits to the Living Well Centre, 71 lymphoedema sessions or 968 freshly cooked meals for patients staying on Compton’s Inpatient Unit.

Participants can practice social quizstancing every Friday evening from 7.45pm. Entry is £3 per person and participants can test their general knowledge over three rounds of questions to try claim the title of Ultimate Virtual Quiz Champion. Local video production company Stones Throw Media will be hosting the quiz having offered their services free of charge.

The quiz is live streamed via Compton’s Facebook page and held on a third-party platform called Kahoot. Once signed up, participants will receive a confirmation email, followed by joining instructions at 7:45pm on Friday with a link to follow, and a pin number to enter the event.

Miss Wood added: “The quiz is just one of many ideas we have in the pipeline with the aim of helping people through this difficult time by boosting their morale and mental well-being. We have also launched our Virtual Challenge series where people can turn their hobby into a sponsored challenge to fund extraordinary care for our patients and families with all the details on our website.”

For more information about Compton virtual quiz and challenge visit comptoncare.org.uk or email fundraising@comptoncare.org.uk.

Clinical Enquiries: 01902 774570, General Enquiries: 0300 323 0250.