After three months of frantic fund-raising, the 44 businesses that had battled to win the Towergate Accumulator Challenge raised just over £21,700 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
In June, each team taking part in the challenge was handed £50 by sponsors Towergate Insurance, which they were tasked with turning into as much money as possible for the Bury St Edmunds hospice.
Lizzie Cross, hospice corporate fund-raiser, said: “It’s been an incredible summer of fund-raising and the hospice is delighted with the efforts of everyone who took part this year. The energy and enthusiasm has been inspiring.”
Last Thursday, during an awards evening at Ravenwood Hall Hotel, in Rougham, the fund-raising total was revealed, along with the firms that had won the Accumulator’s most coveted prizes.
The top prize – for raising the most amount of money – was presented to the Coffee House, of Lawson Place, Bury. It raised £2,800 by organising the first ever Moreton Hall Open Gardens event.
Royal Mail Delivery Office, in Bury, was named the winner of The Community Award for its range of fund-raising events, which included a charity Zumba class, coffee morning and car boot sale, and its demonstration of community spirit.
The Judges Award, given to a firm which remained positive, motivated, engaged and driven throughout, was presented to Asda, of Bury. Its team arranged a variety of events, including a 24-hour exercise ‘bikeathon’, sponsored Body Combat session and cake sales.
The Outstanding Teamwork prize went to Glasswells, of Bury, whose fund-raising initiatives including a rock night and a family fun day.
The Arc shopping centre, which arranged for a Noah’s Arc petting zoo to visit the centre, raising £980.42, was presented with the most innovative idea award.
The small business achievement award recognised the business which had put in a great deal of effort and raised a substantial amount, despite only having a small team. It was awarded to Baileys 2, of Bury, which raised £556 through a chilli challenge.
Barbara Gale, chief executive of the hospice, said: “Thank you to all the people who have participated in the Accumulator Challenge. The hospice has such great support from the business community and we couldn’t do what we do without that support.”