Off-the-wall charity day is on the money

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath''Pictured: Thai Boxing
It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath''Pictured: Thai Boxing

A BONKERS charity day proved a knockout success by raising nearly £5,000 in its first year.

Sixty fund-raisers from six teams turned Hardwick Heath, in Bury St Edmunds, into a madhouse as they took part in It’s a Bury Knockout, organised by West Suffolk Hospital.

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

Teams from West Suffolk College, West Suffolk Hospital, Carrs BMW, Live Well Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds Round Table and Abbeycroft Leisure Centre took on a number of off-the-wall games to raise cash for diagnostic cancer equipment for the hospital and Sport for Rwanda.

Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communication for the hospital, said the day was a big hit.

“Everything went really well and the teams were brilliant.

“I think all the entrants found that working together to take on the challenges had a really good effect on team-building, as well as raising lots of money,” she said.

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

Each team had to raise £500 to enter, with West Suffolk College’s team going above and beyond to muster £634.

Around 3,000 spectators attended throughout the day and saw the participants take on challenges that tested their teamwork.

Displays from a Thai boxing group and games, stalls, rides and more helped to boost the charity coffers.

The team from Live Well Suffolk took first prize, taking home a cup and medals.

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

Ms Bloomfield said the feedback from the day had been good, with the hospital considering whether to bring back the competition for next year.

She said: “I’ve been at the hospital for 20 years and this is our first big event in that time so we are taking stock and seeing what we can do.”

The event was sponsored by Carrs of Bury and St Edmundsbury Borough Council helped with the organisation.

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath''Pictured: Amber Eley (3) on the bungee trampoline

It's a Bury Knock Out - On Harwick Heath''Pictured: Amber Eley (3) on the bungee trampoline