Last week we attended a charity quiz to help raise funds for the NSPCC. Organised by TLT Solicitors, the event was hosted by Capital FM's Sally Hudson. Competing against fourteen teams from companies such as PwC, KPMG and Street Cars, Trust IV finished in a respectable third place.
The team was blend of youth and experience with Charlie, Mesh and me all taking part. Paul acted as our manager/chief supporter/unofficial 6th member. Our efforts were also aided by TLT's Chris O’Toole. Between us we felt assured of a solid performance, but our confidence was enhanced due to the "ace up our sleeve", James Pickering. To those who don't know James, he’s one of our testers. With a PhD in maths, he’s a bit of wizard when it comes to brain challenges!
The quiz itself was made up of five rounds. The sports round was well covered by Mesh and Chris, whilst the Manchester and general knowledge rounds saw us pick up some solid marks. We should have secured full marks in the picture round, but Charlie’s decision to overrule Chris on one picture cost us dearly! The real opportunity for our team show off our strength however was in the ‘arts and crafts’ round. Given ten minutes and a lump of playdoh, we were asked to create something innovative, and something that told a story about our company.
With 'my Mam' being an artist, I felt the need to take the lead and set about making some computers, whilst others made a speed dial to show how Trust IV improves software performance. Paul demonstrated his networking ability and was able to swap some of our blue playdoh for some red to really add detail to our potential Turner prize winner. Our efforts wererewarded with a good nine out of ten.
The real winners are the NSPCC (and James)
We finished the evening in third place but our success didn’t end there. James won first prize in the raffle (a one-night stay in a Devere Hotel), but the real winners of the evening were, of course, the NSPCC. The money and awareness they raise shouldn't be overlooked and it’s great to know that we can help just a little bit in their battle to end child cruelty. Thanks to Natasha who organised and invited us to the event and the Manchester Grill on the Alley for their great food. We really hope we’ve contributed to a large pot of money for this great organisation.