Young volunteers raise £600 with their first quiz night

A GROUP of young volunteers raised £600 for Village Water by organising a quiz night and supper for 90 people – having never attended one before.

Anna Horlock, 16, Phoebe Lewis, 17 and Fred Franké, 17, organised the evening from scratch, ordering food, preparing questions and chasing down prizes.

The three volunteers from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College began helping Village Water in May 2015 as part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

They began by manning a stall for the charity during the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix and by helping with data entry and maintaining databases.

“We wanted to do a fundraising event eventually,” said Phoebe, “even though it was stressful it was fun in the end.”

“None of us had ever been to a quiz night before, but we started designing posters and writing the questions and looking for prize donations,” said Anna.

“It really helped us when we wrote out what we wanted to do week by week. Without that anything could have happened,” she added.

They group did admit to getting nervous as the day approached, especially as the number of attendees rose.

“More and more people asked to come and suddenly it was almost 100,” said Fred.

The event was held at Wakeman Hall in Shrewsbury where quiz goers were also treated to a fish and chips or sausage and chips supper.

Organising the food and hunting down raffle prizes meant the trio had to talk with local businesses and work out finances.

“It pushed us to talk to people around the town. We had to have a good pitch to get prizes,” said Phoebe.

“We also had to give a number and work out how much it was going to cost for the food so it involved working with figures,” added Anna.

The trio said that they had learned a lot about event planning, and having to present themselves in a professional manner, and would certainly recommend volunteering.

They are each on course to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards, with just the residential requirements left to finish.

It’s going to be another brilliant night and we can’t wait to see everyone have a great time again!

The event is being organised by Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Darwin and to grab your tickets you can call us on 01743 241563 or Rotarian Jeremy Taylor on 01743 26686

For press and media enquiries please contact Clare Wearden or Rachel Cooper on 01743 241563
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