Cancer charity aims to beat quiz world record

AN East Lancashire charity is trying to set a new world record for the most simultaneous quizzes ever held.

Friday, 10th February 2012, 9:35 am

Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for groups and businesses to host a Mammoth Quiz on February 24th in venues across the region. And the charity hopes the quiz night will not only raise cash to fund its cancer services, but help them make it into the Guinness Book of Records. Macmillan’s fund-raising manager for East Lancashire, Sebastian Farrell, said: “We are really excited about our Mammoth Quiz and are hopeful lots of businesses and organisations will sign up to take part to help us set a world record for Macmillan.

“The quizzes can be held anywhere, from the local pub or bowling club to a local factory, office or school. It’s a really nice way of raising some money while having fun with friends, family or work colleagues.

“And lets face it – most of us like the chance to show off our general knowledge skills.”

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It costs £10 to register, with the money going to Macmillan to help fund cancer services. Every organisation that signs up to host a Mammoth Quiz will be sent a quiz pack including questions and answers, information about fund-raising and balloons and banners.

Locally Macmillan has already funded two specialist information pods at Blackburn and Burnley hospitals and over 20 Macmillan nurses across the region.

To be counted as part of the world record attempt quizzes must be held at 7-45 p.m. on February 24th, but Macmillan says organisations can still hold a Mammoth Quiz even if they can’t make that time. They are encouraging as many people as possible to enjoy a great evening at the same time as doing something worthwhile for a fantastic cause.

Sebastian added: “It would be great to get as many quizzes as possible happening on February 24th because we really want to break the world record.

“However we know not everyone who wants to take part in a quiz to raise money for us will be able to make that time so quiz packs are still available to groups that want to hold their event at another time. The main thing is to help make the quiz bigger and better than ever before and to raise funds to help support people living with cancer.

“Hopefully our Mammoth Quiz will be really popular and we can make the record books in the Olympic year.”

To find out more about the Mammoth Quiz, contact Anna Webb on 01832 274075 or via e-mail at [email protected]

To access support from Macmillan visit or call 0808 808 0000.