Quizzers pro­vide a Mam­moth test for the Eg­gheads

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

BRAINBOX quizzers from Oun­dle took on the might of the Eg­gheads to boost a char­ity’s cof­fers.

Six friends from Oun­dle, David and Ann Chap­ple, Jeff and Wendy Knowles, Melvyn Chap­man and their team cap­tain Anna Webb or­gan­ise a gi­ant quiz ev­ery year in aid of Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

Thou­sands of peo­ple at­tempt the Macmil­lan Mam­moth Quiz brain­teaser ev­ery year and in the last four years the group has raised a stag­ger­ing £35,000.

As the group plan to try to break the world record for hav­ing the most par­tic­i­pants in a si­mul­ta­ne­ous quiz next year, Anna Webb wanted to find a way to raise the pro­file of their quiz.

So she ap­plied for them to go on the tele­vi­sion quiz show Eg­gheads and at the same time, do­nate any win­nings from their ap­pear­ance on the show to Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

Anna, of Cot­ter­stock Road, Oun­dle, said: “It was re­ally lovely film­ing. They were ever so nice to us and came to speak to us be­fore and af­ter­wards. And the pre­sen­ter, Der­mot Mur­naghan, was lovely.

“We had to make it through an au- di­tion process in Birm­ing­ham be­fore the real film­ing event in Glas­gow.

“We don’t know yet when it will go out but it will be some time next year which is a big year for us.”

The team went by the name of the Mam­moth Quizzers, named af­ter the Macmil­lan Mam­moth Quiz they write ev­ery year.

Par­tic­i­pants en­ter by reg­is­ter­ing an event and a pack is sent out to or­gan­is­ers who ar­range a quiz.

Pro­ceeds from each event are some­times split be­tween Macmil­lan and a good cause cho­sen by the or­gan­iser but it sees sev­eral thou­sand pounds raised each year.

To co­in­cide with the Olympic year, Anna is hop­ing next year’s Macmil­lan Mam­moth Quiz will smash the world record for most par­tic­i­pants in a si­mul­ta­ne­ous quiz on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24.

Anna said: “It is a big year for ev­ery­one so we are also go­ing for gold.

“We’ve reg­is­tered with the Guin­ness World Records and are at­tempt­ing to break both si­mul­ta­ne­ous num­ber of quiz events and the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants.

“We’re al­ready close with quiz events and I am con­fi­dent we will break the record for num­ber of par­tic­i­pants which cur­rently stands at 1,234.”

Any­one can reg­is­ter to hold a quiz as part of the Macmil­lan Mam­moth Quiz and there are al­ready teams as far away as Sri Lanka com­pet­ing in Fe­bru­ary as well as plenty of lo­cal events.

To join the quiz call Anna on 01832 274075 or email anna@web­boun­dle.co.uk

CHAR­ITY PUSH: The Mam­moth Quizzers.

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