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Charlie Brooker quizzes Action on Addiction supporters

05 April 2017

There was an audible sound of brain cogs clanking at our fundraising quiz last night as fifteen teams of six or seven fought for top position.
Satirist, presenter of Newswipe and creator of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker, led the teams through a difficult 10 rounds of questions, with one man declaring at the end "Our team scored zero in two rounds'.
The venue for the quiz night was top City eaterie L'Anima Café, in Liverpool Street, London, very kindly gifted by owner and Action on Addiction Trustee, Peter Marano.
Guests were treated to scrumptious canapes, a delicious choice of options including seafood pasta, beef or basil risotto, followed by ice cream, sorbet, tiramisu or crème brûlée, and all served by a very accommodating waiting staff.  There was also a mocktail comprising apple and pineapple juice, kiwi syrup and lemonade.
Chair, John Lloyd welcomed a variety of specially invited supporters and their friends, and host Rob Green (himself a self-confessed ‘quizzer’, following appearances on ‘Pointless’ and ‘Fifteen-to-One’) introduced the evening. Tom Gore & James Knight who created the difficult questions feverishly marked and scored the sheets while Charlie ensured there was no fighting among the highly competitive teams.
At the break, guests enjoyed taking part in the tombola.  Twenty-seven prizes had been donated, including ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘Viva La Madness’ books signed by JJ Connolly, who was also a guest on the evening.
Linda, now two years into her recovery, spoke passionately about her treatment at the charity’s Clouds House and Hope House and how the treatment not only helped her move out of her addiction to drugs and alcohol, but gave her the confidence to be herself – and speak to a room full of 100 people, all clearly moved by her story.
As the evening drew to a close, the winning table (with several GPs on) received their prizes and guests departed.  Thanks to all who helped out on the evening at no cost, and to everyone who attended.  We estimate the evening raised around £7000 which will go towards helping people like Linda get the treatment and support they need to address addiction issues and turn their lives around.

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