Virtual Quiz Winners - East Cheshire Hospice

Virtual Quiz Winners

A former winner of the BBC Mastermind programme was among contestants in the latest quiz in aid of East Cheshire Hospice.

Liz Horrocks, who won the prestigious TV show in 1974, teamed up with husband Shaun for the online quiz.

The couple came third behind winner Ashton Davies and Torside Queens as the event raised £800 for the Hospice.

It was run again by the ECH Quiz Team which has held five virtual quizzes during lockdown, raising an impressive £6,456.

It is the most donated by the group in a single year since regular quiz hosts Paul Morrissey and Mark Watson asked the first question seven years ago. There have been some 23 quizzes, raising just over £37,000.

The top three teams are members of Macclesfield Quiz League which is on the lookout for new members (

Liz plays for the Dolphin Dragons, one of two teams based at the Dolphin Inn pub on Windmill Street.

The retired teacher enjoys writing poetry, while Shaun is chairman of the Macclesfield Model Railway Group, hence the Poetic Puffers for their team name.

Liz has her own Wikipedia page and wrote an Arthurian Trilogy, the first of which The Edge of Doom was set near her Alderley Edge home.

Liz said: “I like quizzes and was thrilled to win Mastermind a long time ago. I’ve got what my daughter calls a sticky mind, although I trail behind quite a few quiz members in our league.”

Former Mastermind winner Liz Horrocks and husband Shaun.

Mark said: “The online quizzes were multiple choice with the quickest answers earning more points.  We try to strike a balance with questions. It’s a bit of fun for a good cause and we’d like to thank everyone for supporting us.”

Ashton, an English teacher from Poynton, took part by himself and normally plays for Church House, Bollington. He said: “It gave me an advantage because I didn’t have to confer with anyone!”

Last year Ashton took part in the BBC Radio 4 general knowledge quiz Brain of Britain, appearing in the same heat as Alice Walker from runners-up Torside Queens.

Ashton Davies, winner of the East Cheshire Hospice quiz.

Alice and partner Haydn Thompson play for the Queens Hotel in Waters Green and they have been on the TV quiz show Eggheads plus other shows, including Fifteen To One and Countdown.

Alice Walker and Haydn Thompson, runners-up in the  Hospice quiz. 

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