The wet weather held off just long enough for the 120 people in 24 teams taking part in the Frames Conservatories Direct family treasure hunt.
The sun came out as they set out from Frames’ showroom in Barton Road, Bury St Edmunds, to follow clues around the town and the rain did not return until they were back there, where sales staff were handing out soup and rolls instead of selling doors, windows and conservatories.
Sales manager Steve Savage said: “I went down to the Abbey Gardens and it was a sea of people with clip boards. My wife did it and said people kept coming up asking why they all had clipboards.
“Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves and I thoroughly enjoyed organising it.”
Steve was surprised to see people returning from the two-hour hunt looking tired, but he said: “It was mentally challenging — I got home and just collapsed.”
Steve believes the hunt has raised about £700 for Beat It!, our appeal to raise £55,000 for a prostate cancer probe for West Suffolk Hospital, which Frames Conservatories Direct has adopted as its charity for the year and will be doing more fund raisers.
If you could not make the treasure hunt, you can still donate to Beat it!. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/BFP-Beat-It
You can also donate by texting Beat59 followed by a space and your donation amount (e.g. Beat59 £5) to 70070.
Cheques, made out to Bury Free Press Beat It Appeal 2013, can be sent to Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3ET.