On 2nd May 2012, BMS hosted a charity quiz night and auction in aid of the Hackney Schools Mentoring Programme. Staff from within BMS have been involved with the charity for the last two years, acting as business mentors to Year 10/11 children from schools in Hackney. We were approached by the charity to assist in raising funds after they lost 45% of their annual budget when local authority funding was completely cut.
The event was held at the Abbey Bar in the Minories and was attended by 25 teams totalling over 150 people. The teams were made up of staff from within BMS, our markets, IT companies, law firms; and teams from ELBA and the Lloyd’s Community Programme. Auction and raffle items were donated by teams and individuals within BMS; CMS Cameron McKenna; rugby clubs and local high street businesses.
A great night was had by all with the winning team, The InQuizables captained by Steve Ferns, beating Faraday’s team by just half a point! Each winning team member received a bottle of champagne. A fantastic amount of money was raised – almost £3,500 in total. The largest amounts raised on the night were £475 for a 3 night stay in a private villa in Portugal (a raffle prize donated by BMS Risk solutions and won by Hannah Payson from LCP); £250 for a sailing trip for the day including lunch for 4 people (an auction item donated by Pioneer Underwriting and won by Ben Churney from Sequel); and £110 for a case of 12 wines (an auction item donated by BMS Re and won by Liam Kane from ELBA).
CEO of the East London Business Alliance, Liane Kane said:
…what was an outstanding fund raising evening. Everybody at Hackney Schools Mentoring Programme and at East London Business Alliance, was blown away by your success. It was the best quiz night I have ever attended and many people agreed with me on the night.
Well organised, professional and I still don’t know how you got 150 people to turn out on a wet Wednesday night. Many thanks to you and BMS from all of us at HSMP and my only question is – can we do it again?!”
A big thank you to all who contributed in making this such a successful night either by attending; buying raffle tickets or bidding on the auction items. In particular, thanks goes to Andy Jarrett (Quizmaster); Paul Clephane (who worked tirelessly collecting and scoring the answer sheets) and Deryl Walsh of HSMP (who did a brilliant job as an auctioneer).
To see all the items that were auctioned, click here.
Click here to learn more about the Hackney Schools Mentoring Programme