8 October 2012

2012 Summer Trivia Quiz - Winners Announced!


Raising money for Invest In ME and The Pain Relief Foundation.

Thanks to everyone who bought a Trivia Quiz this year and also a huge thank you to everyone who made such generous donations. We’re so grateful. We were really impressed with the high standard of the quiz entries. It was very close, but we do have a winner of the 1st prize of £40, Chris Simmons from Norwich, who scored an incredible 99/100! 2nd Prize of £15 goes to Helen Catling from Peterborough and the posh organic choc for coming in 3rd goes to Owen James from Hunstanton. Well Done!!

The total amount raised for Invest In ME is £1,203 and amazingly this was matched (£1000 by one friend and £203 by two others) and donated to The Pain Relief Foundation. The prizes had also been donated so that all the funds raised went to the causes. Thank you SO much for your amazing generosity.

Finally thanks to Jo Best & Paul Kayes for spreading the word so effectively, and to Rowan , Charlene and Mum for being top quiz sellers! and everyone else who helped us especially Paul and all the Hursts and Allens :-)

For an answer sheet just email calamity-jane@sky.com. Oh and if anyone has outstanding quiz-sale funds or would still like to make a donation our Justgiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Summer-Trivia-Quiz-2012 will be open for another 3 months (these donations will not be matched though). Thanks again :-)


Jane and Geoff
PS. We promise next years Quiz will be easier! Honest!

Jane Hurst                                    Geoff Allen




Both Geoff and I have suffered with Severe ME for over 14 years - Prior to ME we both enjoyed full, active lives. We worked, we travelled, played sport, had social lives, and, well, put simply, we had our freedom and our health. Sadly ME has taken all this away, as it has for so many of our friends.  Pain and distressing neurological symptoms dominate each day, in fact most days can feel like nothing short of an endurance test.  This quiz had been organised to help raise money for Invest In ME, a charity that campaigns for vital biomedical research into ME, with the hope that one day a cure will be found for this blimmin horrid illness.  Incredibly, all money raised by this quiz was matched by a hugely generous friends and donated to The Pain Relief Foundation (Charity No. 277732).  This is a charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain.  Millions of people in the UK alone, including many with ME/Fibromyalgia, experience severe chronic pain.  It goes without saying that it’s hugely distressing to live with on a daily basis, especially when  pain drugs aren’t tolerated which is often the case for ME sufferers, therefore research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain is vitally important.

Here is some more general info on ME: 

ME is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a serious neurological illness. It affects around 240,000 people in the UK alone. It is a potentially severe, disabling and chronic condition affecting the immune and central nervous system, and varies greatly in its severity and duration. Some people do recover or at least make a partial recovery, but for many, symptoms remain for decades. These symptoms include incapacitating exhaustion after even the slightest activity, together with malaise, nausea, joint and muscle pain, and disturbances of major body systems eg.respiratory, auto-immune and cardio-vascular. Severe chronic pain and major digestive problems are also common. Very severely affected sufferers can experience paralysis, severe light & noise intolerances & some even require tube or intra venous feeding.