Joyce’s quiz for Macmillan tops £275,000 raised over 27 years

The breast cancer survivor was previously awarded a BEM for raising funds for cancer charities


Record-breaking fundraising friends Joyce Roberts and Yasmi Roberts, whose quizzes have amassed thousands of pounds for cancer charities (Photo: Progressive Judaism)

A BREAST CANCER survivor has shattered records with her annual quiz to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Holding her 27th event at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, Joyce Rothschild amasssed £23,861, bringing the cumulative total to £275,058 for cancer charities.

“Every year, we have improved on previous results and to do so again, in what seemed like a difficult time, for another record sum, was exceptional,” said Rothschild, an active member of BPS.

“It showed us how many people continue to enjoy taking part in the quiz. I thank all our loyal supporters, including many members of the BPS community.”

The money comes from entry fees and donations made by participants of the challenge, which was established by Rothschild, her husband Mark and friend Yasmi Roberts, whom she met at school. 

They design and set the 100 questions for the quiz, which follows a new theme each year.

Rothschild has also created two books under the title of Joyce’s Quiz with questions from past fundraisers. Proceeds go towards cancer charities and the books are available on Amazon. 

For the first three years of the fundraising initiative, Rothschild donated money raised to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where she received life-saving treatment.

Since then, the money has gone towards Macmillan Cancer Support, an organisation providing emotional, physical and financial assistance to people with cancer.

“Every year, we think we will just do one more because it is a huge amount of work, but we are definitely planning one for 2025,” said Rothschild, who was awarded a British Empire Medal in 2017 for her charitable endeavors.

Megan Hayman Tansley, the Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising manager in the West Midlands, expressed her gratitude. She said: “Joyce is one of our most valued supporters. Without fund-raisers like her, Yasmi and the many who enter the quiz, we wouldn’t be able to reach the growing number of people who need our support and enable us to continue helping those living with cancer.”

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