Kernos Quiz Night boosts counselling funds by £1715

Long Melford Village Hall was crammed with nearly 130 contestants participating in the Kernos Centre’s 12th annual Quiz Night on Friday 22nd February, during which the teams taking part succeeded in raising a much-needed £1,715 for the Sudbury-based counselling charity!

Organisers and volunteers at the Centre once again freely contributed their services and provided the meals to help make this Kernos Quiz Night one of the most successful ever. Administrator Annabel Wyatt,  organiser of the event said:  “I would like to thank everyone at Kernos and our supporting friends who made such splendid food, which received unsolicited praise for being ‘fantastic’ – they really would give a catering company a run for its money. It was a big effort, made by many people who all donated their time and ingredients for free, and was very much appreciated by all.”

Chris Boatwright, Founder and Clinical Director of Kernos, said: “Once again, to find so many people supporting and attending this event is a real example of the community spirit that enables the Kernos Centre to continue. The Quiz is not only a fun night but also makes a major contribution to our desperately needed funding. While the demand for counselling locally continues to grow, this year the available funding from our usual sources looks to have decreased significantly. The money raised by the Quiz will therefore help to provide some of the much needed counselling support on which many people in our community depend.”

Chris Helliwell, the Quiz Master of the Cock & Bell in Long Melford, once again volunteered his services as Master of Ceremonies and made the evening into a wonderful event, providing a selection of great quiz questions along with his expertise and great sense of humour. He said: “The atmosphere at the Kernos quiz makes it so special, which is why I am very happy to run it every year.”

Amongst those showing their support for the Quiz were Sudbury Town Mayor Sue Ayres – who also donated the minced beef for the curries from the Lavenham Butchers – District Councillors Jan and Adrian Osborne and South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge’s wife Emily.

The winning team on the night – The Independent Group – which included organiser Annabel Wyatt, new Kernos Director Ian Shaw and former Director Gael Vigrass, generously agreed to donate their winner’s prize to help increase the funds raised…

In addition to the Quiz there was a well-supported raffle and a coins-in-a-jar prize draw – and Kernos would sincerely like to thank all the people and organisations who donated the raffle prizes.

Pictured from left to right:
Quizmaster Chris Helliwell with the winning team: Nathan Parsad, Angus Wyatt, Annabel Wyatt, Toni Scales, Ian Shaw, Gael and Chris Vigrass


If you were unable to attend the Quiz Night – but would still like to help the Centre by providing vital funding – you can do so either by:

1) sending a cheque, made out to Kernos Centre, 32-34 Friars Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AG


2) clicking on the Donate Now’ button at the top of the this page, and following the instructions

If you are a taxpayer, your contribution could also be eligible for Gift Aid – which means that every £10 contributed is worth £12.50 to us. For a Gift Aid Declaration form, please contact us – either at the above address or by e-mail at