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Nottingham Insurance Brokers, Russell Scanlan, has raised a whopping £2600 for a local charity, in just one evening, at its annual pub quiz challenge.

19 businesses from across the city turned out teams to test their general knowledge skills and pit their wits against their peers. All to raise funds for When You Wish Upon A Star, the local charity that aims to grant the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses. Since the charity started, over 15,500 wishes have been granted for some very brave and courageous children and their families. The charity relies solely on fundraising from the community and corporate partners.

Bryan Banbury is Managing Director at Russell Scanlan: “Our business has been part of the Nottingham community since 1881; we are one of the oldest companies in the city and have always believed that we have a responsibility to support our wider communities with fundraising and sponsorship wherever possible. Our work with local charities and support for organisations such as the Nottingham Playhouse is very important to us. And if we can also have some fun along the way then what could be better!

“The Quiz Night kindly hosted by our clients, Notts County Cricket Club at Trent Bridge, turned out to be one of the most competitively fought challenges I’ve witnessed. The rivalry between the company teams was unprecedented and we had to keep a close eye out for any underhand play and use of mobile devices!  Congratulations to the team from HSKS Greenhalgh who won on the night.”

Russell Scanlan’s close links with the sports and microbrewing industries did mean that some of the auction prizes drew a lot of bidding interest – including a cricket bat signed by the Nottinghamshire County Playing Squad and 200 bottles of premium beer from some the best micro-breweries in the country.

Maggie Falconer, Regional Fundraiser for the charity came along to the Russell Scanlan offices to collect the funds: “This money will pay for 3 children with a parent or guardian to visit Lapland in December. It costs the charity £90,000 to charter our Lapland flight but up to 100 children from the East Midlands will benefit, to play in the snow and make some very special memories. As a wholly self-funding charity, we couldn’t organise this magical trip without the help from businesses like Russell Scanlan. We cannot thank them enough.”

For more information about When You Wish Upon A Star visit www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk.

The Quiz Teams that took part were from Allianz, Aspen, NMU, Eden Public Relations, Gately, Russell Ulyatt, BDF, HSKS Greenhalgh, FHP, Fraser Brown, Nottingham Forest Football Club, Steve Noss Consulting, QBE insurance, Tokio Marine and Aviva.

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