Stores compete for top spot in charity challenge

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MORETON Hall businesses are planning a summer of fund-raising in an attempt to claim top spot in the Towergate Accumulator Challenge, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The Coffee House, in Lawson Place, Arco, in Easlea Road, Ashton KCJ, in Kempson Way, and Glasswells, which has its warehouse in Kempson Way, are among 52 teams from across the region trying to turn £50 into as much money as possible for the hospice.

Abby Mayes, the hospice’s corporate fund-raiser, said: “It’s great to see so many Moreton Hall businesses coming up with creative ways to raise funds for the challenge and I wish them all the best.

“Last year, the Coffee House raised £2,185 and won the Towergate Judges’ Award, so they have set the bar high for the 2012 challenge.”

The first event planned by The Coffee House is a clothes swap on July 30, from 7-10pm.

Joint owner Jess Darnell said: “We need clothes. Whether you have unwanted clothes in your wardrobe, have lost lots of weight or are short of cash and on a tiny budget, the clothes swap is for you. Just bring your clothes and your own beverages and get yourself some new garments.”

It will also host a quiz night on August 3, a family fun day on August 5, a race night on August 23, a walk to Buckingham Palace in September and is running a ‘guess how many sweets in the jar’ competition and selling cake entitling the person finding its one cherry to a week of free coffee.

On July 28, Arco staff will be outside the store washing customers’ cars in return for donations, a fund-raising barbecue will be held throughout the day and shoppers will benefit from a special store-wide discount. On August 7, it will host a quiz and auction night, while on August 14 a Zumba evening will be held.

Glasswells is asking customers to support two raffles – in the Jubilee raffle one lucky winner will pay 1952 prices for items in store, while the charity raffle has prizes on offer which include a Kipling bag worth £119.99 and a king-size goose feather quilt worth £180.

The team at Ashton KCJ solicitors is producing a recipe book to sell to staff, has dedicated a page to the challenge on the firm’s website, where supporters can advertise in return for donations, and is planning a dress down day and a raffle.