Mallaig teacher turns quizmaster in support of suicide prevention

Dawn MacPhie will host her 11th virtual fundraising quiz on Saturday, May 8.

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Chris’s House was founded by Anne Rowan, a Wishaw mum with a passionate vision for a crisis centre established in memory of her son Chris, whom she lost to suicide in 2011 at the age of 36.

A fundraising Mallaig teacher who lost her brother to suicide is running a virtual quiz, in conjunction with Argos West of Scotland Region, in aid of the Wishaw-based suicide prevention charity, Chris’s House.

This will be the 11th virtual fundraising quiz Dawn MacPhie, a teacher at Mallaig Primary School, has hosted over the last 12 months – with more than £2,000 raised so far for good causes, including Fort William-based Ewen’s Room, Lochaber Hope,  Mallaig Pool and Leisure Centre and Mallaig FC.

The virtual quiz will take place on Saturday May 8, between 7-9pm, with teams and individual players asked to make a minimum £5 donation to Chris’s House charity, which runs Scotland’s first 24-hour, non-medical crisis centre offering help, response and intervention surrounding suicide.

Commenting on her forthcoming quiz Dawn, who’s brother Gary Wells of Fort William took his own life in 2014 at the age of 36, said: ‘As someone who lost their own brother to suicide, I, along with my family, am a great supporter of the incredible work Chris’s House does to help prevent deaths from suicide and improve mental health.

‘During these challenging times, their work has sadly never been more important and I’m proud to be able to show my support for them through this latest Speed-quiz, raising money for a very deserving cause and hopefully bringing some fun and excitement to people’s Saturday night.’

Dawn will be teaming up with her sister Sharon Wells, who works at Argos Fort William, to host the virtual quiz which will be run through SpeedQuizzing Live, a free app that teams or individual players will need to download to their phone or tablet device in order to play in real-time. They will also need a second, Zoom-enabled screen so that they can see and interact with Dawn and the other teams over the course of the three-round quiz, which will incorporate general knowledge and music rounds.

The prizes are being supplied by Argos, with a £50 voucher for the team that finishes first, while second and third-placed teams will receive vouchers for £25 and £15 respectively.

Anne Rowan, who founded Chris’s House, said: ‘While our important work continues day in, day out, the last 12 months have been challenging from a fundraising perspective, with numerous fundraising events having to be sadly cancelled due to the pandemic.

‘With this in mind, we’re more grateful than ever for the incredible support of fundraisers like Dawn, and organisations such as Argos. Their help really is making all the difference.’

To find out more about how to join the quiz and to leave a donation for Chris’s House, visit