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Out-sanding Unicef UK team win Big Charity Pub Quiz 2018

Big Charity Pub Quiz 2018

Last Thursday saw 13 teams of charity digital folk roll up at Exmouth Market Centre for Manifesto’s annual Big Charity Pub Quiz. The sunshine was very in keeping with this year’s seaside theme and, as the heat rose over four rounds of brain-teasing trivia, it was the cool heads of the Unicef UK team that prevailed and saw them walk away with a prize donation of £1,000.

Who likes to be beside the seaside?

With the venue decked out in full beachfront regalia, replete with face-in-the-hole peep board, buckets and spades, and more carefully-prepared quiz questions than you could shake a lolly stick at, all that was needed was some intrepid charity digital teams to set out their deck chairs for a chance to win the coveted BCPQ trophy.

Competing on the night were: 2015 Winners, Cancer Research UK; 2016 Winners Movember Foundation; 2017 Winners Parkinson’s UK; Action for Children; Alzheimer’s Society; Breast Cancer Care; ClientEarth; English Speaking UnionMalaria No More UKNSPCCThe Health Foundation; The Royal British Legion; The Silver Line; and Unicef UK.

With host Jim Bowes in full Red Coat mode, the #BigCharityQuiz hashtag throwing out scorching GIFs, and the drinks flowing like Mr Whippy, it was time to start the quiz proper.

Those selfies were Quite Interesting

Round 1 of the quiz followed the traditional format of picking questions at random from an old board game we’d picked up at a charity shop. This year the question setter was a sun-bleached copy of the QI game. As usual, we’ve no record of which questions were asked.

We also invited the assembled charity digirati to take selfies with the props we’d provided. Bonus points for the best, which was universally agreed to be this perfectly executed boomerang, taken by the team from Alzheimer’s Society:

Chips ahoy!

After the chaos of the first round, teams are usually feeling quite peckish, which is why we make the second round all about food. This year’s offering: chip shop chips from Kennedy’s, with a salty selection of questions themed around everyone’s favourite potato-based snack.

Beats for the beach

Round three was all about the beats, as 2015 World Beatboxing Champion Bass6 joined us for a stroll along the prom, prom, prom…

Postcard pictures

Round four took us to the movies again this year, with our motion content team providing big screen prompts for our questions about film. Here’s a little sneak peak at the shoot – which took place in sunny Southend.

And here are some of the clips on which the questions were based:

And the winners are…

The first place prize donation of £1,000 was scooped up by the impressively knowledgeable team from Unicef UK. They got their names on the Big Charity Pub Quiz trophy for the first time (they were runners up in 2016).

Unicef UK - Winners of the Big Charity Pub Quiz 2018

In second place, the contenders from the Alzheimer’s Society took the prize pot of £400 and became custodians of the runners-up trophy for a whole 12 months.

Third place was hotly contested, with two teams on level pegging duking it out in a rock-scissors-paper tie breaker. The team from Cancer Research UK emerged triumphant and got to lay their hands on the glorious Billy Big Mouth Bass, while the unfortunate team from Malaria No More UK got the consolation of being named Manifesto FC’s nominated charity in an upcoming 5-a-side football tournament (which is a bit like drawing Panama in a World Cup sweepstakes).

That’s all from the seaside folks! Join us again next year for more Big Charity Pub Quiz fun or, if you can’t wait that long, check out our upcoming events.

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