A QUIZ night in Bramhope has taken a local shopkeeper’s fundraising tally for the past decade to nearly £55,000.

The event, held at the Fox and Hounds on November 13, was organised by Tariq Qadeer who runs The Village Newsagents.

Olympic medal winning triathlete Jonny Brownlee was one of those who turned up to show his support and the evening raised £1,452 (more than £1,800 with Gift Aid) for BBC Children in Need.

Tariq has been organising four different charity events, while coordinating a small group of volunteers dubbed Team Bramhope, for the past eight years.

As well as the quiz night he has been arranging local involvement in the annual Leeds Half Marathon, Sport Relief Run a Mile, and Yorkshire Three Peaks walk for the past eight years, after getting personally involved two years earlier.

The half marathon and three peaks events raise money mainly for the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters with some donations also going to the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal.

Delighted at how his final fundraiser of 2019 went, Tariq said: “It took a lot of time and effort organising this quiz night in Bramhope, and it was also a very long day for me to make sure that everything goes right while working in the shop.

“But it was all worth it in the end as the people of the village came out in numbers to support the charity and the event.

“Jonny Brownlee came with his friends and helped me with the raffle tickets, and he also auctioned the main prize. Both the Brownlee brothers have been a great support, especially since the London Olympics in 2012.

“So far this small shop has raised nearly £55,000 - including £34,000 for the Candlelighters Trust - and some other members of Team Bramhope have also raised thousands for the Trust, including Andy Taylor who raised £18,000 in May by walking 104 miles.

“I am very grateful to all the members of Team Bramhope who have taken part in the different events, given their time and supported me and my appeals, again and again.”