2 May 2019 saw the Barclays Bank ‘Test the Team’ event roll up at Stock Brook Country Club, a place more familiar to the members of the Lambert Chapman team as a venue for CPD courses as opposed to somewhere they might enjoy themselves!
Test the Team is a nationwide roadshow that Barclays have clearly invested substantial time and effort in putting together, with the sound and visuals on the night more akin to something you might see on TV rather than the usual “spit and sawdust” quizzes we are used to putting on. The very fact that they had put on the show in Brighton and Oxford over the previous two evenings, and raised over £30,000 between them, is testament to their ambition and success.
The local charity benefitting from Barclays and the local business community’s generosity was the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. The importance of such a service hit home to the Lambert Chapman team, when a short film illustrating its life-saving capabilities featured someone that had been a client just a few years ago.
The Lambert Chapman LLP team, under the usual guise of Don Pablo’s Animals, was made up of Paul Short, Lisa Greenwood, Richard Hamilton, Lee Sutton and Mike Carabine. Interestingly they were table-sharing with a team from the London Cocktail Company, who had donated one of the auction prizes of a session for 10 to learn how to mix a variety of cocktails, which in fact was the highest earning lot. Overall there were almost 30 teams competing for the trophy, trying to answer questions on rounds including general knowledge, TV themes, celebrity recognition from a body part. There were less traditional elements which threw many people (including Don Pablo’s) such as an observation round and a multiple choice Family Fortunes selection.
Despite a good first round, Lambert Chapman couldn’t match the pace being set by the front runners and ended up in joint sixth place. The winners were a combined JDC/Barclays team, followed closely by Between the Spreadsheets and TBA!
A heartfelt thanks to all involved at Barclays, with a fun evening had by all. Once the combined fundraising from entries, heads and tails, raffle, auction and the Barclays pound-for-pound matched funding was calculated, over £10,300 was winging its way to the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.