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London Bridge Hospital charity Pub Quiz raises over £600 for Connect

01 June 2012

Members of staff from London Bridge Hospital took part in a charity pub quiz to raise money for Connect, a local charity who work with people with aphasia. Participants from London Bridge Hospital and Connect formed 11 teams and competed to be crowned champions whilst raising £631 for the charity at the event.

The teams answered questions in themed rounds with two picture rounds and a raffle prize draw was also held to raise further funds. There was plenty of friendly competitiveness between the 11 teams and a great evening was had by all.

Connect was selected as a charity that London Bridge Hospital is supporting through its Supporting Local Charities Campaign, as a part of the hospital’s 25th Anniversary celebration last year. Connect supports people living with aphasia, a communication disability which can occur after a stroke. Every 11 minutes, three people in the UK have a stroke and about a third of those people will have aphasia. Some people cannot speak at all, while others can no longer read or write. Connect works alongside people with aphasia and their families to develop communication and rebuild confidence, which is crucial to recovery.

Tristan Paton, Fundraising Support Executive at Connect says: “The event was a huge success and the money we raised will make a difference to our work with people with aphasia. The support of the local community is important to Connect, and it was great to be able to spread the word about aphasia and the work Connect does. It was a great turnout, a thoroughly enjoyable evening and the event wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and good humour of all those who joined in!”

Mr John Reay, London Bridge Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer said: “It has been a great opportunity for our staff members to raise money for Connect as a part of our Supporting Local Charities campaign. The charity is close to us at London Bridge Hospital, as we treat speech and language therapy patients, who may have benefitted from the work at Connect. It is also a local charity to the hospital which has enabled us to fundraise effectively together throughout the year.”

Connect’s Chief Executive Officer, Sally McVicker, concludes: “Connect is delighted to have had the support of London Bridge Hospital throughout 2011 and in to 2012. The quiz night was great fun however most importantly we managed to raise valuable funds to support our work with people with aphasia. We look forward to a long, fruitful partnership with London Bridge Hospital in the future.”

London Bridge Hospital and Connect will be organising many more fundraising events throughout the year, at the next event they will be dancing the night away for charity at a Salsa Evening.