Petworth brain-teasing quiz becomes a global hit

Michael Follis, who runs the Petworth Nursing Cottage Hopsital Christmas Quiz every year, hopes to reach a wider international audience.
Michael Follis, who runs the Petworth Nursing Cottage Hopsital Christmas Quiz every year, hopes to reach a wider international audience.

A QUIZ which started as a small festive fundraiser has raised a total of £80,000 and is going global.

For six years, Michael Follis has run the Petworth Cottage Nursing Home Christmas quiz, a charity venture to improve the home’s facilities.

The quiz is now believed to be the most widely distributed brain-teaser in West Sussex, with over 25,000 copies sent out. However there are more plans for expansion in the pipeline.

Michael said: “I have already had requests from Australia, New Zealand, France and USA for copies of the quiz via email so it really is going global - it is an international quiz!

“I’ve received a lot of letters from people telling me that they have enjoyed it, and some telling me it kept them up at night!”

The quiz involves guessing well-known sayings and phrases, with clues to point players in the right direction.

“It is the clue words for each question which change the level of difficulty,” said Michael.

“We did have a quiz before which was a general knowledge quiz, but the new one got off to a good start. It just got better and better - I think because it is fairly straight forward and all the answers are well known.”

The 2011 quiz raised of £12,771 after expenses.

This year’s quiz project is the most ambitious, with plans to provide a new, highly complex computer system to record all possible data from each from each room in the hospital.

The estimated cost of the system, which will record everything from medical notes to what patients have eaten, will cost around £15,000.

Michael added: “We have no professional help with fundraising.

“It is the League of Friends of Petworth Cottage Nursing Home who put all the work in and do the fundraising.”

Quiz prizes are generous, with the first three winners receiving cash prizes of up to £500, whether or not the answers are correct. Those who answer certain sections of the quiz correctly could win a case of Claret or Champagne.

There is a suggested donation of £5 per quiz, but Michael said: “There is no obligation to donate, just enjoy the quiz. We all need a bit of festive cheer!”

Anyone who would like a copy of the quiz should contact Michael on michael@kitchencourt.co.uk