Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s annual Herts Question of Sport dinner took place in Sopwell House, St Albans on Thursday March 2. Over 240 business men and women from St Albans, came to support this brilliant event that has grown in popularity year on year.
After admiring the BMW i8 and Mini Cooper Countryman that adorned the front entrance, provided by Specialist Cars BMW, guests moved through to a champagne reception where they could take a look at the exciting auction lots and beautifully presented raffle prizes.
Sky Sports presenter Geoff Shreeves compered the evening, bringing humour and wit to the room whilst reminding guests of the cause they were there to support.
Geoff explained; “I’m really pleased that the Question of Sport dinner has returned to Herts for the fourth time. It started out as a concept and we were tentative as to how it would be received but the support from local businesses has been fantastic. It’s a great laugh as well as being about supporting a local charity and helping them raise money to ensure they can continue provide their services to patients and families in the Herts area.”
Mark Bunting from headline sponsor Aitchison Raffety gave a speech to kick off the evening. Mark said; “We are proud to support the good work that Rennie Grove does in the local area. It’s an enjoyable evening that we look forward to each year and I’m sure we will be coming back again.”
In his speech Mark went on to say; “If anything were to happen to me, I know that Rennie Grove would be my first port of call. I’m reassured to know that should I need them, they will be there to offer care and support to me and my family, giving me the choice to be cared for at home.”
Once the starters had been devoured, the red/green game took place – sponsored by Meyer Homes UK, whipping the crowd into a frenzy and getting them ready for the main event and ultimate test of sporting knowledge.
After several heated rounds and two more courses, the winners of the Question of Sport Quiz 2017 were announced as PwC UK.
Team Captain Simon King said; “We’ve been coming to this event for two or three years now and we think it’s brilliant. It’s always good fun, the atmosphere is amazing and you know you are supporting a tremendous local cause. We will certainly be coming back next year to defend our title!”
Sue Varvel, Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at Rennie Grove gave a heart-warming and emotional speech before the auction that hushed the entire room.
After her speech, Sue said: “Last year this event raised enough money to fund a specialist nurse for a year. Every year each one of our nurses will help hundreds of patients dealing with cancer or other life-limiting illness and their families. With the number of referrals to our service continuing to rise rapidly, ensuring that we can fund the salaries of enough nurses is of paramount importance so that we can see everyone who needs us, when they need us. That’s why events like this are so important.”
Sue continued: “I think it’s a fabulous evening. I hardly get any of the answers right but I still get wrapped up in the excitement and try to have a go and join in. It’s lovely to see so many local businesses supporting Rennie Grove and just enjoying themselves.”
This year’s Question of Sport 2017 raised a grand total of £45,000. Rennie Grove would like to thank the local businesses of St Albans for coming along and supporting the charity and making such a vital contribution to their work.
The next Question of Sport event will be held in Bucks in November. For more information visit the event page here.