Record-breaking pub quiz raises £5,000 for Shekinah

Engineering consultants, Services Design Solution Ltd (SDS) held their 5th annual charity pub quiz last week at the Walkabout Pub in Plymouth and raised a staggering £5,000 for Shekinah, a local charity offering support and training opportunities to those suffering from poverty, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues.

John Hamblin, Chief Executive of Shekinah, gave a presentation about the work of the charity and said the money raised will support the work Shekinah does in ending rough sleeping and helping people improve their lives away from the streets.

There was a total of 29 teams at the quiz, comprising engineers, contractors, architects, project managers and clients, who enjoyed a fun, well-organised evening, and deserving champions of the night were engineering and services provider N G Bailey.

Members of staff from Santander helped out on the night by selling raffle tickets and generously contributed £1000 to the total amount raised.

Local photographer Trevor Burrows was also on hand to capture the evening’s highlights. Following the quiz, there was an impressive raffle of prizes donated by the teams, ranging from a day trip with lunch on a yacht and an X-Box console to shopping vouchers and bottles of champagne and gin.

Shaun Hoppins, Managing Director of SDS, said: “We are so pleased to be able to support this local charity and bring clients and colleagues together to raise more than we ever have from our annual quiz night.”

SDS, whose head office is in The Millfields, is committed to ensuring that they contribute positively to the community. In addition to supporting local charities, they provide mentoring and work experience schemes for aspiring engineering students. SDS also take part in the ‘Building Plymouth’ initiative to encourage careers in construction, and they currently have six apprentices across their offices in Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol.

Kaye Rogers