On Thursday 26th April, the Aspire Sports Quiz Dinner returned to Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Home of Cricket, for the first time in four years.  500 guests attended the event which included a drinks reception, three course dinner and the interactive sports quiz.  The evening was once again hosted by Aspire’s President John Inverdale and the sports quiz questions were set by Rob Nothman, and raised an incredible £115,000 to support people with Spinal Cord Injury.

The guest speaker was Sophie Elwes, who gave an inspirational talk about how she sustained her spinal cord injury and how an Aspire Grant “enabled me to purchase my own sit-ski, meaning that independence on the mountain could become a reality.”  Sophie is now hoping to qualify for the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Celebrity guests from the sporting world included Marcus Buckland, John Gallagher, Mark Hunter, Simon Mann, Alison Mitchell, Alex Partridge and Michael Thomas and the winners of the quiz were the Fenway Park team from CMS Law. 

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Brian Carlin, Aspire CEO, says, “It was fantastic to be back at Lord’s Cricket Ground for our 18th annual Sports Quiz Dinner.  We would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event.  The £115,000 raised will help Aspire support spinal cord injured people to move from injury to independence.”

For further information about our Manchester Sports Quiz Dinner or the 2019 London dinner, please email [email protected] or call her on 020 8420 6705.

Aspire would like to thank Alan Bloom for his support and all the companies that took tables: Akin Gump, Aspire Law, Atkins Ltd, BDO, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, Coffin Mew LLP, DC Advisory, Dentons UKMEA LLP, Deloitte LLP, Edge Group, Endless, EY, FCFM Group, Frenkel Topping, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, FRP Advisory, FTI Consulting, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Linklaters, Lloyds Banking Group, Macfarlanes, Mazars, Michelmores, Moore Stephens, Pinsent Masons, PJT Partners, PNC Business Credit, PWC, Reed Smith, RKH Specialty, Smith & Williamson, Vectos, Weil Gotshal & Manges, White & Case and Wilkins Kennedy.

We would also like to thank everyone who donated to the evening: Experiences at Twickenham, Getty Gallery, Six Day Series London, English National Opera, Harbour Hotels, T.M. Lewin, Laithwaite’s Wine, Bath Racecourse, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sandown Racecourse, Epsom Racecourse, Rudi Thackray, Thorntons and The Really Useful Group.