Alan Davies - star of Jonathan Creek, QI and Taskmaster - hosted six rounds of fiendishly difficult quizzing to raise funds for our Next Generation Genetics appeal.

On Thursday 26 January, 11 teams came down to St Columba's Church, Knightsbridge, to have their general knowledge tested by a quiz set by master question writer Rich Warren. There were some pun-tastic or satirical team names, including The Pfizer Chiefs, Anti Growth Coalition and The G-Nomes (members of the hospitals’ Genetics and Genomics Team).

Alan Davies read the questions and provided witty repartee between rounds. A delicious sausage supper was served, courtesy of Scrumdiddly Café. There was also a raffle with amazing prizes, including a signed Chelsea Football Club shirt, a Dishoom cookbook and voucher, and Monica Vinader bracelets.

Dr Deborah Morris-Rosendahl, head of the Genetics and Genomics Team and quizzing with The G-Nomes, gave a passionate speech about the cause the night was raising funds for: providing the hospitals with a brand new genetic sequencer, so that they can test more patient’s DNA for inherited heart and lung conditions. More tests mean patients can get a diagnosis quicker and treated sooner.

The quizzers enjoyed mulling over Rich Warren’s brain teasers and puzzling out the connections between answers for bonus clues, as well as a flummoxing BBC themed music round from Jeremy Limb.

The winning team was Straight Outta Ealing! Who, amazingly, only missed one question in the entire evening. Last year’s winners, Random Rovers – this year playing as The Anti Growth Coalition, came second and only made two mistakes during the quiz.

£4,700 was raised for the Next Generation Genetics appeal and a good night was had by all. We want to say a huge thank you to Alan Davies for hosting the quiz and making sure everyone had a fun evening. Thank you also to everyone who came, quizzed, bought raffle tickets and donated. You are helping people with heart and lung disease.

If you would like to join us in the fight against heart and lung disease, then visit our events page or make a donation to the Next Generation Genetics appeal.