Summer barbecue and quiz raises nearly £2,800 for INQUEST
29 July 2014
A barbecue and quiz organised by INQUEST Lawyers Group Steering Committee member Cyrilia Davies, from Birnberg Peirce solicitors, raised a wonderful £2,756.69 for INQUEST last week. Around 50 people attended the event at the Birchwood Centre in Warrington, where the Hillsborough inquests are currently taking place.
An awesome array of raffle prizes included free lunch for a week at the Birchwood Centre and free gym membership for a month at Birchwood gym (both donated by Birchwood Park Centre), a game of golf at True-Fit Golf Centre in Warrington (donated by True-Fit Golf Centre), two signed copies of Inquests: a practitioner’s guide (donated By Leslie Thomas QC and Adam Straw), an iPad mini (donated by Doughty Street Chambers), £250 in John Lewis vouchers (donated by 1 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers), four tickets for Liverpool v Arsenal in an executive box (donated by 4PB Chambers), and £250 in Selfridges vouchers (donated by those instructed from Garden Court Chambers). We cannot thank the donors enough for their generosity.
The winners of the quiz, ably compered by our own co-director Helen Shaw, were Broudie Jackson Canter solicitors, congratulations to them!
‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah