Last week we were finally able to hold our much anticipated 20th anniversary Sports Quiz Dinner in London, which had been postponed three times since spring 2020 due to the pandemic.  We are delighted to announce that it raised £132,000 to support people with Spinal Cord Injury.  The evening was hosted by Aspire's President John Inverdale and featured our legendary sports quiz, with questions set by BBC Radio 5 Live's Rob Nothman.  Congratulations to the winning team - PNC Business Credit.

Our speaker was the inspiring Paula Craig, who spoke about how she was injured 20 years ago, how living in an Aspire house helped her get back to living independently and all she has achieved since then, including her attempt this year to become the first person with a complete spinal cord injury to swim the Channel without a wetsuit.

John Gallagher and Paula Craig at the London Sports Quiz DInner

World Cup winning All Black John Gallagher and Paula Craig

Paul Parrish, Aspire's Director of Fundraising & Marketing, says, "It has been a long road to our 20th Sports Quiz Dinner, following three cancellations, but it was great to see our guests finally back at Lord’s, having so much fun they didn’t want to leave at the end of the night!  We'd like to thank everybody who attended the event for their generosity in playing our Heads and Tails game, buying raffle tickets, donating and bidding in the auctions - particularly the two bidders who compelled John Inverdale to offer an additional day out with him at the All England Club! We look forward to seeing all our guests again at our 21st Sports Quiz Dinner on 21st April.” 

Heads and Tails finalists on the stage with John Inverdale

Aspire would like to thank: Our President, John Inverdale, for once again hosting the evening; our speaker Paula Craig; all the sporting personalities who kindly gave up their time and Aspire Patron Rob Nothman who puts together the quiz each year.

Thank you to Slurp for supplying the wine; Sportingclass, Matt Hampson Foundation, Robyn Carter and Jodi Clarke for auction prizes; Boston House Dental Clinic and UK Pro League for the raffle prizes.

And a massive thanks to our Gold Tables sponsors: FRP Advisory, BDO, FTI Consulting, DC Advisory, Linklaters, PNC Business Credit, Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors, Michael Page, Stef & Philips.

John Inverdale hosting the London Sports Quiz Dinner

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