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20 November

Out to Africa quiz night raises £2,200

Quiz winners Health Records with Julie Godfrey (l) and Tom Browne (r)
Quiz winners Health Records with Julie Godfrey (l) and Tom Browne (r)

The annual Out to Africa quiz night raised over £2,200 as 18 teams battled it out in a packed lecture theatre 1 in the Medical Academic Unit.

The evening kicked off with welcome speeches from consultant vascular surgeon and project founder Tom Browne and nurse Julie Godfrey before the 120 attendees enjoyed a superb buffet curry.

The teams then pitted their wits against each other as their knowledge of history, geography, sport and music was put to the test.

As the teams wracked their brains trying to remember what year the Magna Carter was signed and what the Welsh national anthem is called in English, the charity’s team of raffle ticket and cake sellers did a fantastic job in raising vital extra money for the cause.

After twelve intense rounds and the raffle draw - where everything from a giant teddy bear to a coffee machine was up for grabs - Tom Browne announced the winners, with the hospital’s health records department triumphing to take home the coveted case of wine.

The money raised will help support training at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.

Tom Browne hailed the evening as a big success. “We had a huge turn-out, there was a huge amount of money raised and everybody really enjoyed it. It was a really good evening, everybody got behind Out to Africa and we had was the best curry in the world made by Jayan! It was exquisite.

“Evenings like this are our sole access to money. This will get a team or maybe even two teams out to Lusaka early in the New Year to planned projects that we have discussed with our opposite numbers at UTH. We ask them what they want us to do, what they want us to bring and we always endeavour to deliver.

“Out to Africa started ten years ago and we’ve gone from strength to strength. It’s a wonderful thing that Broomfield has got involved in and I’d love to see it grow throughout the other hospitals in the MSE group.

“There’s a lot of need and we’re educating people who want to stay in their own countries and want to practise medicine at a high standard, make a living, grow with their families in their own cities and look after their own people. They really appreciate everything that we do.”