Challenge total is five-year best

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Businesses taking part in an annual fund-raiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care have raised more this year than in any other – a whopping £72,298.

The Towergate Insurance Accumulator Challenge – which has now come to an end after five years – tasked businesses with coming up with new and innovative ways of transforming their £50 stake into as much money as possible for the Bury St Edmunds hospice.

Nearly 50 firms rose to this year’s challenge and on Wednesday they were invited to a presentation night at Ickworth Hotel, in Horringer, where the total raised – which smashed the £21,500 from last year – was revealed in dramatic fashion.

Paul Whittaker, chief executive of sponsor Towergate Insurance, said: “I’m humbled by what you have achieved and really, really grateful.”

Barbara Gale, hospice chief executive, said the challenge had demonstrated the ‘community spirit of hospice care’.

Awards presented included the judges’ award won by Baker Tilly for staying motivated, positive, engaged and driven, the outstanding teamwork award which went to Glasswells and the small business achievement award, won by The Coffee House, which recognised the achievement of its team, compared to others, considering its resources.

The top prize – for the most amount of money raised – was presented to chartered accountants Jacobs Allen for the £13,702 it generated through hosting a wine tasting and auction night at Barclays Bank.

Thady Senior, marketing manager at Jacobs Allen, said: “It’s touching we were able to contribute to the hospice in that way.

“I know they require a lot of money to provide the care they do at the standard they do every day and it’s fantastic we were able to support them.”