Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre prepares for ‘seven days of silliness’

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Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre staff have ‘seven days of silliness’ to look forward to next week, all in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

From Monday to Sunday, staff are taking part in a mammoth fund-raising challenge as part of the annual Towergate Insurance Accumulator Challenge.

Reception staff and the membership team will take part in a fancy dress competition throughout the week and there will be a staff guess the baby competition.

The administration team will be putting their culinary skills to the test and hoping to take some inspiration from Mary Berry by taking part in a bake off.

There will be a spinathon on Sunday (August 31) with class members and staff taking part in two and a half hours of stationery cycling, which could prove painful for duty manager Martin Hewitson, who has agreed to wax his legs if the £500 target is reached.

There will also be an end of summer pool party on Saturday (August 30) from 5.30pm to 6.30pm with inflatable, toys, music and games.

While in the gym, customers will be able to nominate their favourite fitness instructor to be gunged in exchange for donations.

Clare Maller, acting centre manager, said: “It really will be seven days of silliness. This is probably our most adventurous fund-raiser yet for the hospice.”

Companies taking part in the Accumulator Challenge are given £50 to turn into as much cash for the charity as possible.

They then have three months to find interesting and innovative ways of raising the funds.

In 2011 staff at the leisure centre won the hospice’s teamwork award for holding a range of fund-raisers over the three month challenge, including a fancy dress marathon, head-shave and pirate-themed pool side raft build.

In 2012 male staff stripped for a calendar, while a fund-raising car wash was also held.

Abby Mayes, hospice care corporate fund-raiser, said: “I always love hearing about fund-raising plans but I am especially excited by Abbeycroft’s ‘seven days of silliness’.

“I urge people to donate what they can to the various activities - but particularly the onesies spinathon, as if it raises more than £500 the instructor has promised to have his legs waxed.

“While this promises to be a week of fun as well as fund-raising, every penny raised goes to a worthy cause and helps to support people facing life-shortening illnesses and their families.”