I love the programme and have always wanted to have a go – I have the board game but somehow, it’s not quite the same as the real life version! So, you can imagine how excited I was when I received a message asking me to take part; especially to represent such a worthy local charity.
I was apprehensive at first. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the tasks or of the other teams taking part. I was, however, very excited as this was the first time I was meeting some of my fellow West Midlands team and a few of the other Miss England team.
We were allowed to look at each task close up before deciding but we weren’t allowed touch them. Typically this took me right back to childhood when your parents would take you round a fancy ornament shop and you suddenly want to touch EVERYTHING!
There were a range of tasks on offer, testing completely different skill sets and each with a different monetary figure attached. Once we had worked out between us who was doing what, the competition between the teams was turned up a notch or two and we took our places for the first round.
I was first up from the Miss England team with the memory game. A member of another team had gone before me on the same task and failed on her first go so this had made me slightly more nervous than I was originally. I thought this game would be my strong point from years of practice as a child playing the tray game. (In case I sound like I’m just making games up, it’s the one where you put lots of different household items on a tray and give your friends and family an allotted amount of time to remember them all before covering it up with a towel – so similar!)
For those of you reading who don’t watch The Cube, the floor is made up of squares. You are shown an image for 10 seconds with a selection of the squares lit up. The image then disappears and it is your task to recreate what you saw in all of 30 seconds.
Now, I will be honest and say I am forever a culprit of shouting at the contestants on the television. However, it is so much harder when you’re under pressure! You don’t want to let your team down, the charity down or yourself down and so the pressure really is on.
“WELL YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY, YOU’RE RIGHT!”
Thank goodness for that. I could re-join my team with my head held high
This game happened after every round and produced my favourite moment of the night. Mr Birmingham – Joshua Williams – took to the stage and of course completely smashed the game and his opposition. His celebration was comical as he whipped his sash off his neck with pride. The video is out there somewhere and I urge you all to watch it!
Out of all of the teams, we definitely had the best team spirit, not only for our own team members, but we were supportive of all of the other teams taking part too.
Miss Birmingham undertook the drop down challenge and made it look so easy! Miss Leicestershire however, had one of the hardest challenges and it was something I have never seen on The Cube! She had 60 seconds to create a tent-like structure out of nails. Not only did she have to make it, she then had to carry it across the cube, only touching the top section and then get it to balance on the head of another nail. This was the most tense I felt during the whole night as it was such a hard thing to do. It was most certainly not a task for someone with a shaky hand that’s for sure.
Mr Black Country had the last challenge and the one worth the most money. The classic fairground game; ‘Beat the Buzzer.’ It was quite a complex course for the metal ring to undertake under the influence of James’ control but we fully believed he could do it.
This was the last round and we still had our simplify and trial run. James decided not to use the trial run on the game in fear that he would complete it first time and it not count and then be unable to recreate his win. So, he went straight in for his first go. He did so well and got almost half way around the course before the buzzer screeched through the arena.
We didn’t feel bad about it as it was such a hard task and there were three other teams who were also beaten by the buzzer game; even the ones who completed it had lost many lives before doing so.
The totals were totted up at the end for each team and we stood nervously hoping we had done enough to qualify for the next round of heats. Unfortunately, we just missed out on third place and so did not qualify. We were all absolutely gutted as we had worked so hard as a team. However, we were pleased that we had been able to come together and support Edward’s Trust and we had had a great time doing so – even if we were all sweaty Betty’s by the end of it! It was an absolute honour to be a part of it and I am so grateful to the Miss England team for choosing me to take part.
All I can say is if there had been an award for team spirit and motivation we would have won first place! ♡