Star of The Chase quiz show coming to Sunderland for charity night at Stadium of Light

Anne Hegerty, star of ITV quiz show The Chase.
Anne Hegerty, star of ITV quiz show The Chase.

One of the stars of hit TV quiz show The Chase is on her way to Wearside for a special charity event in memory of a much-missed son.

To mark what would have been her son Jamie Maclennan’s 30th birthday, his mum Karen, fund-raiser at Grace House respite centre, along with family and friends who form the #chin4jamie Charity Committee have organised a quiz night.

Jamie Maclennan, second left wearing white, at a quiz night with his family just months before he died.

Jamie Maclennan, second left wearing white, at a quiz night with his family just months before he died.

The quiz, which will be held on Friday, October 6 at the Stadium of Light, just three days before Jamie’s birthday will have Chaser Anne Hegerty as quizmaster.

Anne will also go Head to Head with the winning team who will have the chance of doubling their prize money from £300 to £600 if they manage to beat her.

Jamie sadly died in December 2014, aged just 27.

He was found by Karen in bed after suffering what was believed to be an epileptic seizure.

Keen rugby player Jamie had been diagnosed with epilepsy more than a decade before he died, but never let his condition get in the way of enjoying his life.

Karen said: “Just months before Jamie died, following a seizure due to epilepsy, Jamie took part in a Grace House quiz night and was over-the-moon that his team won.

“Jamie’s birthday will go without celebration but as with every day since he left us.

“He will continue to be in our thoughts missing him even more as every day passes.”

Teams of six are being asked to register before the event at £20 per head, £120 per team of six, and entry includes a pie and pea supper.

Karen continued: “Fundraising on the night will be for Grace House, a charity Jamie supported both by fundraising and volunteering.

“Many of the children who come to stay at Grace House have epilepsy too.”

Karen has asked that anyone interested in entering the quiz should contact her on 07956 566269, between 9am and 5pm on 0191 525 2864 or by emailing km@gracehouse.co.uk.