Children’s Hospice benefits from runners’ quizzing prowess

Children’s Hospice South West, the charity which supports families across the area through their facilities at location like Little Harbour at St Austell, are £400 better off after a team of four Newquay Road Runners scooped top prize at a charity quiz night.

Quizzing under the name ‘Precocious Penquins’, Ray Frith, Colin Martin, Becky Miles and Phil Midgley, competed with 20 other teams to win part of the £1,950 prize pot put up by Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club in their annual Brains of Newquay charity give away event.

Team captain, Ray Frith, said: “We were delighted to be able to represent Newquay Road Runners at this very worthwhile event. As a result many local charities have benefitted from Towan Blystra Lions’ efforts and, for our part, after stiff competition this evening, our first place means that our chosen charity, Childrens Hospice SW will be receiving a cheque for £400. A highly successful quiz all round.”

The Lions, who have run the quiz since 2013 at Newquay Golf Club, invite each team to nominate a local good cause that they will quiz for and all are guaranteed to win at least £50 for their chosen cause with the top three winning up to £400, £300 and £200 respectively. Other teams can also win £100 prizes for each round of questions. The funds are raised, throughout the year at events such as Newquay Beer Festival, Santa’s Sleigh and others which Towan Blystra Lions run to raise money to help others.

Quizmaster, Lion Carl Leadbetter explained: “This is a fun way for us to distribute some of the funds we raise during the course of the year. It’s because of the generosity of those who support us that we are able to do this and provide this and other grants, which benefit local good causes. It was a busy and enjoyable evening and we’d like to thank Alex and the team at Newquay Golf Club for their help in putting it on once again.”

To find out more about the activities of Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club or enquire about becoming involved please visit or ring 0345 833 4981.

The full list of those good causes which benefited is: 1st prize (£400) – Precocious Penguins, (Childrens Hospice SW); 2nd prize (£300) – Hopeless Case (RNLI); 3rd prize (£200) – Swimminwimmin (Newquay defibrillator project); Three ‘round prizes of £100 were won by – Bloomers (Newquay in Bloom), Pawsome Foursome (Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Sanctuary) and The Cricketers (Newquay Cricket Club). The remaining teams all won £50 consolation prizes: Cool for CAATS (Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust), Cormorants (Newquay Cormorants Swmming Club), Cubert Outlaws (Cornwall Hospice Care), Discombobulates (DISC Newquay), Fun Raisers (Newquay Food Bank), Nansledan Skolars (Friends of Skol Nansledan), NBR-TR7 (Newquay Boardriders), Old Salts (NSPCC), Newquay Rotary (Trenance Cottages Heritage Fund), Running on Empty (Newquay Band), Simple Minds (Cornwall Prostate Care), ‘Still Don’t Know’ (Kernow Positive Support), The Flukes (Newquay Marine Group), Three Planks and a Yank (Purple Angels), Treloggan Tigers (Treloggan Residents’ Association).

Thanks to the Newquay Golf Club for hosting the event. Thanks also to Lion Carl Leadbetter who had the unenviable task of being the Quiz Master, also to Lion Alan Oatey who had to keep the scores (Brain of Newquay in his own right) Lion Phil Bunt for adjudicating some awkward answers, Lion “B” for doing an excellent job of selling raffle tickets, Lion Jane leadbetter for doing the admin, plus Lion Jill Bunt (president) doing what she does best & Lion Colin Wellington for filling in where needed.