Thirty Suffolk businesses and organisations have raised an incredible £27,000 for the Hospice as part of the St Elizabeth Hospice Accumulator Challenge.
Participants of the three-month scheme were given a £50 stake which they were challenged to turn into more charity cash in any fun and innovative ways they could think of.
This was the Hospice’s second Accumulator Challenge and it was a huge success, having grown significantly from the first year, with nearly double the amount of teams taking part and over double the amount of money being raised.
An awards ceremony was held recently at Quayside in Ipswich to thank the participants for their achievements.
Winners of the Accumulator Challenge, receiving the first prize for raising the most amount of money was Grass Solutions, who raised an amazing £2,700 from a range of fundraisers, including a bake sale and a 50 mile bike ride.
Grass Solutions Owner David Holt said: “It has been a really enjoyable experience taking part in the Accumulator Challenge and we are thrilled to have raised the most amount of money for the Hospice. We will definitely be taking part in the next one!”
Others receiving awards included:
- Ensors, Ipswich, who won second prize for raising £2,500 by getting sponsored for taking a dip in the sea, as well as holding dress down days and bake sales.
- Baker Tilly won third prize after raising £2,400 from activities including a rounder’s tournament, barbecue and raffle.
- Fred Olsen also won a prize for ‘best team working’, raising £1,639 from various activities including car boot sales and ‘Freds Toastie Café’.
- ‘Most active team’ went to Ensors, Saxmundham after they raised £1,092 from fundraisers including a 25 mile bike ride.
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The next Accumulator Challenge will take place in September and some of the companies who took part in 2013 have already pledged to take part in 2014 too.
St Elizabeth Hospice’s Fundraising Partnerships Manager Sarah Archer said: “Our second Accumulator Challenge has been a huge success and we are so grateful to the thirty teams who took part and embraced the challenge of turning £50 into as much money as they could.
“Teams came up with some brilliant ideas to raise money for us, and the grand total of £27,000 is incredible and will go a long way in helping us continue to provide local Hospice care for local people.
“Thank you to everyone who took part, to our sponsor, the Burgess Group and to Business East Monthly for their support.”
If you’re interested in participating in the next Accumulator Challenge which will kick off in September call Fundraising Partnerships Manager Sarah Archer on 01473 707035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org