With trips to friends and family off-bounds amid social distancing, Saint Francis Hospice’s online quizzes have kept a close-knit group for many.
Supporters have satisfied their quizzical cravings while raising money for the Hospice by playing The Little Orange Quiz: Lockdown Edition. One of those is Dave Oakley.
When Dave heard about the financial hit the Hospice is taking from the pandemic, he prepared a night to remember. Dave downloaded the Little Orange Quiz pack, combined them with the questions he had been meticulously concocting, and hosted the contest via Zoom.
Dave admitted that being quizmaster to 64 teams consisting of hundreds of people, including many strangers, was a little nerve-wracking at first. Yet once the quizzers’ donations (and drink) started flowing, the task in hand slowly became a little less daunting.
Dave is no stranger to raising money for Saint Francis Hospice; he’s run the Virgin London Marathon for the charity on two occasions. When Dave first won a place on the iconic London run, the Hospice invited him to Havering atte Bower so he could see what they’re all about.
Little did Dave know about the many services the Hospice provides outside of the inpatient ward, including Pemberton Place: the Hospice’s social hub for people living with life-limiting illnesses.
‘I was a little naive and thought the Hospice was just a place where people go to die,’ Dave confessed. ‘I was dreading it. I expected a depressing place with a clinical feel yet it was a breath of fresh air. The Hospice is bright and airy with people of all ages. I certainly didn’t expect a grand mansion with beautiful gardens.’
With a 33.5% discharge rate of patients who are well enough to go home again, Dave soon discovered that Saint Francis Hospice isn’t solely a place where people spend their final moments. ‘I instantly fell in love with the place and the people,’ Dave remembered.
Dave’s Little Orange Quiz raised over a whopping £1,700 – thank you to everyone who contributed.
On Friday 28th August, Saint Francis Hospice’s Big Orange Virtual Quiz is going to kick off the summer bank holiday weekend in style.
Returning as the epic hosts are six-time World Snooker Champion, Steve Davis, and Phoenix FM DJ, Ian Leigh.
You can enter while doing something amazing for local people living with life-limiting illnesses here for just £5. Good luck!