VIP Quiz Night raises £52,000

Last night David and Jonathan Dimbleby welcomed Claudia Winkleman back to host the 3rd annual World’s Greatest Quiz Night in partnership with Quintessentially Foundation.

Ben Elliot, Zac Goldsmith, Aaron Simpson, Henry Dimbleby, Patrick Grant, Simon Callow, Jo Brand, Rachel Johnson and Tom and Sara Parker-Bowles were among a host of guests at the star-studded event, which raised over £50k the charity.

Over 200 guests were welcomed at the Quiz night which included a champagne reception followed by 6 rounds of tough quiz style questions, a picnic style supper and some incredible auction prizes including a diamond consultation and jewellery from 77Diamonds, a cookery course and lunch with renowned cook Caroline Waldegrave at Eton College and tickets to see Justin Bieber at the O2 Arena in London.

Winners of the night were The Forgetful Elephants. The team was made up of colleagues from The Elephant Family, the charity founded by the late Mark Shand.

Claudia said: “This is my second year hosting the quiz and the event always has such a buzz about it and a really great atmosphere. It’s great to see familiar faces returning each year and it is fantastic to hear how much the night has raised for this wonderful cause.”

The evening was organised in partnership with Quintessentially Foundation in aid of Dimbleby Cancer Care, the event was held in the stunning surroundings at Rooms on Regent’s Park.  This year marks the charity’s 50th anniversary, set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. It provides practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers. The charity is also developing a nationwide website resource to help people find care and support services nearest to them.

Jonathan Dimbleby, Chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care said: “This is a really fun event and we are delighted at the overwhelming support we received from all of our guests on the night. This year’s event is particularly special for us as it takes place during the 50th anniversary celebrations, as well as the opening of our new home at Guy’s Cancer Centre later this month.

“The money raised tonight is more important than ever as the demand for our support increases. This will enable us to support the lives of thousands of people living with cancer. I can’t thank everyone who donated tonight enough.”

The evening was sponsored by Soak & Sleep and Harry Brompton’s.

Quintessentially Founder Ben Elliot said: “Quintessentially Foundation are incredibly proud to be supporting Dimbleby Cancer Care on the World’s Greatest Quiz for the third year in a row. The night was a great success and good fun for all involved. We are delighted to have raised vital funds to provide inspirational cancer support for both parents and families.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to support people going through cancer and their families through a range of the charity’s services. Since 1966 the charity has worked extensively in the South East helping provide care and support for people living with cancer and in the last year alone The Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ last year saw over 10,000 patient contacts.

To view all the photographs from the evening, click here.