ST NICHOLAS Hospice Care’s Towergate Accumulator challenge has raised a staggering £40,243 for the charity - almost doubling last years total.
An awards ceremony was held last night to celebrate the fund-raising scheme, sponsored by Towergate Risk Solutions, where local companies were given £50 and three months to make as much money as they could for the charity.
Curvemotion in Bury St Edmunds won the coveted trophy for most money raised, turning its £50 into a whopping £3452.
Almost 50 companies around Suffolk took part in the challenge hosting events ranging from fancy dress marathons to giant conga dances.
This years sum smashes last years total of £22,500.
It has been proposed by Towergate Risk Solutions that the fundraising scheme is rolled out nationally in aid of Help the Hospices.
St Nicholas Hospice Care Trustee Jane Rutherford said: “It is a fantastic amount of money to have raised.
“To have 42 companies having fun, getting to know each other, team building and raising money together is just brilliant. It is a tremendous figure to have achieved.
“The winning team raised more than £3400 but there were a few companies who broke the £3000 mark.”
Barbara Gale, Chief Executive of St Nicholas Hospice Care said: “I think it shows the support we have in the community but also that people can have fun raising money for us.
“It is a credit to the work of the people involved that such a large amount was raised.
“The project has been an absolute joy.”