A WOKINGHAM organisation has raised almost £5,000 to support vulnerable people in the community.

Since April 1, The Wokingham Lions Club has been running weekly virtual pub quizzes on Facebook, organised by Lion Ian Grange. Since pubs will be opening soon, the last pub quiz will take place this Thursday (July 2).

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So far, the club has raised more than £3,900 from quiz participants, which has been donated to the Wokingham Borough Community Hub, to support individuals and families in need.

In addition, the club donated another £1,000 from a grant from Lions District funds, bringing the total so far to £4,900.

Emma Cantrell CEO, First Days Children’s Charity, one of the partners at Wokingham Borough Community Hub, said: "We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Great #Woky Pub Quizzes over the last 14 weeks.

"The donations you've made have helped us send out more than 4,500 food parcels, supporting hundreds of families in our borough through Covid-19.

"It’s with the support of all of those who take part in wonderful activities such as The Great #Woky Pub Quiz that allow us to be there for those who need us. We cannot thank you all enough!"

Ian Grange, the quiz organiser at Wokingham Lions added: "What I’ve been really pleased with is not just the money that has been raised to support Covid-19 relief in our community, but also the sense of fun and community the quiz has generated amongst those taking part. "I'm really going to miss running it on Thursday nights.

"But I hope we can go out with a bang at our final quiz on July 2!"

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The Great #Woky Pub Quiz takes place on Thursday evenings at 8 PM, and is live-steamed over Facebook, with more than 250 teams taking part each week.

More than 700 questions have been asked, which have been set by the members of Wokingham Lions.

Special guests at the quiz have included new Wokingham Town Council Mayor councillor Tony Lack and a live link-up with Jono Holmes on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Friends and families who can’t be together have formed virtual teams, with Wokingham members being joined by friends and family across the UK and the world, including players in New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore, Canada, Portugal & the USA.

Anyone can participate via the Wokingham Lions Club Facebook page.