1970s gameshow comes back to life to raise charity cash

07/08/12  RS''Staff from The Fair Trade Practise in Fareham take part in a charity Its A Knockout challenge at Fareham Leisure Centre. (left to right), Tori Gumby, Megan Williams, Robyn Amos.'Picture: ian hargereaves (122758-01)

07/08/12 RS''Staff from The Fair Trade Practise in Fareham take part in a charity Its A Knockout challenge at Fareham Leisure Centre. (left to right), Tori Gumby, Megan Williams, Robyn Amos.'Picture: ian hargereaves (122758-01)

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IT was a smash hit in the 1970s – and yesterday It’s a Knockout was brought back to life in Fareham.

A group of 110 employees from claims management company The Fairtrade Practice held their own version of the TV show in the town.

And they even had props and costumes from the original show, which they bought online.

It was organised as part of a team-building exercise and to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Operations director at the company Peter Sichel said: ‘We lay on a sports day for our company every year.

‘It’s always been much more of a traditional sports day but with the Olympics this year we thought we would give it a different edge.’

The staff were split up into different groups to take on various challenges in teams using inflatables.

‘Being a child of the 70s I remember the original It’s a Knockout,’ added Mr Sichel.

‘We stumbled across this and thought it would be nice to do.

‘Help for Heroes is a very good charity. One of the reasons behind it all is that we do so much work with servicemen and women and to be able to put something back into a charity just seemed like the right thing to do.’

Nathalie Lomas, another of the organisers, added: ‘It’s been absolutely amazing.

‘At first all the girls said they didn’t want to do it but then we reassured them that it would be good fun. We had double the amount of people that originally had.

‘Everybody was really delighted with how it’s turned out.

‘It was a great team building day.’

By yesterday afternoon, around £1,500 had already been raised.

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