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Eastenders star Shane Ritchie helps Hammond Property Services in Bingham to pick charity quiz winners

An international fundraising quiz has raised more than £35,000 over 16 years.

Jonathan Hammond, of Hammond Property Services in Bingham, created the Annual Charity Quiz in 2007 to raise money for Nottingham Childline.

This year, actor Shane Richie from Eastenders helped pick the quiz winners for the prize draw after a matinee performance where he played Dick Whittington at The Nottingham Theatre Royal Pantomime.

Kelly, Gemma, Barbara with Jonathan Hammond
Kelly, Gemma, Barbara with Jonathan Hammond

Jonathan visited Nottingham Childline to present a cheque for the December 2023 event, totalling £4,140.

“I would like to give a tremendous thanks to Shane Ritchie for making the prize draw and to everyone who participated in the quiz, your kindness and generosity really amaze me, especially when I hear and see the difference your donations will make,” said Jonathan.

He added: “During my visit to the Nottingham Childline, I was very proud to hand over £4,140 from all those generous entrants of our 2023 quiz.

“Listening to the managers explain Childline’s role in a world that can be both frightening and very lonely for some children, is both very heart-warming and extremely concerning at the same time.”

Every year, the quiz has a different theme, last year being based around careers and occupations.

Since the charity quiz started, Jonathan has managed to raise £35,227 for the charity, which is enough to run Childline for the whole country for an entire day.

Barbara Elsey, NSPCC supporter fundraising manager for Nottinghamshire, said: “Jonathan’s commitment to Childline is outstanding and he has proven to be a real local hero time and time again.

“In a world where many children endure cruelty, neglect and abuse, to have someone like Jonathan who puts himself out to help support vulnerable children is both inspiring and heartening.

“Despite being a large charity, the NSPCC relies heavily on public donations in order to run vital services like our Childline service in Nottingham.

“The dedicated support of Jonathan, his participants from around the world and everyone who donates to the NSPCC is hugely appreciated and helps us be there for children.”

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