The Big Quarantine Quiz


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Top celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch, Joanna Lumley, and Ewan McGregor are amongst the stars to record video questions in a quiz to raise money to help the NHS fight coronavirus on Sunday April 26…

The Big Quarantine Quiz is the brainchild of three siblings, who have pulled it together over the past ten days.

Sam (on the right), Addy and Josh 

Sam (on the right), Addy and Josh

“The reaction’s been incredible,” says Sam Gisby, 22, from Cambridge.

It’s not every day you get a video from Benedict Cumberbatch dropping into your inbox.

Sam will host the quiz from the family’s living room, along with sister Addy (19) and brother Josh (17).

“The idea came from doing a family quiz online a couple of weeks ago,” Sam says. “We just thought we could do this much bigger and better, and raise money for a brilliant cause as well. We had a dry run last weekend with a bunch of friends and family, and it was really great. We raised more than £1.5k for the NHS which was amazing.”

The quiz will be streamed on YouTube, on Sunday, April 26, from 7.45 in the evening, and will raise money for the NHS Charities COVID-19 Appeal.

There will be six rounds, with ten questions in each. The categories will range from general knowledge, to TV and film, music, sport, and science and nature. Celebrities will appear in each round, posing questions to the live audience.

Sam says, “I want to thank those high profile people who have agreed to participate. We were so pleased – and delighted! – that they took time to record a video question and send it to us.”

Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together said: “Projects like this are so important at the moment. Not only do they give us an excuse to test and expand our general knowledge and bring us together, they are also raising money for a really important cause.

We’re absolutely thrilled that the proceeds from this will be going to help frontline staff, volunteers and patients. It will make a huge difference.

How to take part

There’s no limit to how many people can take part in the quiz. Anyone interested can find the quiz live from 7.45pm here. Turn on channel notifications to be contacted when the quiz is live.

Allison Hay

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