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Thanks Pat! Sheephaven Bay pub raises more than £2,500 for hamper appeal

The Chase star Shaun Wallace joins pub quiz

18 December, 2018 — By Tom Foot

YOU know you’re in a pub quiz a little out of the ordinary when you look across the bar and Shaun Wallace, the former Mastermind champion who now stars as a general knowledge expert on ITV gameshow The Chase, is sitting on the next table.

This was the scene on Monday evening as the Sheephaven Bay pub, in Mornington Street, Camden Town, held its annual fundraiser in aid of the New Journal’s Christmas Hamper Appeal Once again, landlord Pat Logue got stuck in to raise more than £2,500 for our collection.

And every single penny of that will go to our deliveries of hampers to the elderly who may be alone and those suffering hardship at what should be a special time of year.

Richard from Ladbrokes presents Pat Logue with £200 and, below, the  Hardly Useless quiz team celebrate victory: Henry Hardwicke, Ross Clarke, Adrian Humphreys, Dave Luton and Tom Peacock

The New Journal is hoping Mr Logue’s efforts – and the donations of our generous readers – will make the drops coming the borough’s way in these final days before Christmas our biggest-ever operation.

Mr Logue has now helped raised tens of thousands of pounds through quiz nights and raffles.

Mr Wallace gave the event a celebrity sparkle calling out the questions and picking out the raffle winners, while several punters asked him to pose for selfies.

“It’s great to be here again,” he said. “It’s such a great night and I’m happy to help out Pat and the Camden New Journal hamper fund.”

The winners of the quiz were Hardly Useless, a team of sports and betting journalists who had just five players.

Shaun Wallace from The Chase, Sue Gregan and Peter Mielewczyk

The victory was all the more sweet as their nearest rivals, the Irish Mafia, had significantly more members. All the prize money from the quiz was donated back into the pot to cheers from the packed pub after Mr Wallace led chants on the mic of “Donate! Donate! Donate!”

In a further display of quiz night festive spirit, Peter Mielewczyk stumped up £150 for a Christmas cake, made by Sue Gregan, during an auction. Another of her cakes was later sold for £200.

Ms Gregan said: “It’s a traditional cake but lighter. I don’t like currants so I use apricots instead.”

The New Journal team of journalists more than held their own and, despite notching a notable overall score, were unable to get into the prize money places. Camden Town ­Ladbrokes sponsored the prize money, while many of the raffle prizes were won by parents of Rosary Primary School.

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