Virtual quiz gets locals and holidaymakers together at their favourite pub while raising money for charity

A charity pub quiz organiser is attracting on-line visitors from across the UK and parts of Europe to the picturesque town of Llangollen – and they are raising vital funds for those with life-limiting illnesses.

Maggie Smith of Llangollen is the Quiz Master for the weekly showdown at The Sun Trevor pub.

Every Wednesday evening the pub hosts a quiz with the entry fees being donated to Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham. And the pub participants have raised a whopping £1800 in the past few months.

Following the Covid-19 restrictions when pubs and restaurants closed their doors Maggie took the decision to keep the quiz going and set up The Sun Trevor ‘virtual’ quiz.

As people have struggled to find a sense of routine during the pandemic the quiz has been attracting new entrants – many of them have previously visited the pub during holidays, day trips and weekend breaks, including a gentleman from Catalonia.

Nightingale House is the quiz groups chosen charity following the death of Maggie’s sister-in-law, Sandra Cragg in 2015. Sandra spent her final days at the hospice receiving what Maggie described as “the most unbelievable care and attention.” To date the quiz has raised £15,000 in Sandra’s memory.

She said: “When Sandra passed away I realised how important the hospice had been to her and our family during such a difficult and sad time. I know how much Sandra appreciated the care and attention the clinical team gave to her and the sensitive and thoughtful way they supported my brother.

“The family had already set up an In Memory fund so it seemed the right thing to make Nightingale House our chosen charity through our fun quiz nights.

“The hospice is such an invaluable facility but one that you probably never know you need until it is necessary.

“We are just happy to help them out. We would normally wait to give the donation and donate a few times a year but we felt that more than ever the hospice needs the cash in the bank now. It is our privilege to be able to enjoy a fun night and help the charity as well.”

Paul Jones, owner of the Sun Trevor Pub, Llangollen said: “The pub quiz has been an amazing success, not only as a chance for locals and visitors to get together but also to raise money for such a good cause like Nightingale House.

“We were all so sad when we had to close the pub but we hope that once lockdown is over we will all reunite either in person and perhaps with even more people on line so we can continue to help those with life-limiting illnesses.”

If you want to join The Sun Trevor quiz for Nightingale House Hospice – the questions are posted on their Facebook page (@TheSunTrevorLlangollen) at 8pm every Wednesday night and answers given at 9pm? – Remember no cheating!