Businesses in Bury St Edmunds urged to get creative for hospice challenge

St Nicholas Hospice Care is appealing for businesses to take part in The Accumulator Challenge ANL-150513-110159001
St Nicholas Hospice Care is appealing for businesses to take part in The Accumulator Challenge ANL-150513-110159001
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Businesses are being urged to come up with creative money making antics for a successful challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care this summer.

Thirty organisations including the arc shopping centre, Royal Mail, Cecil & Larter, ASDA Bury St Edmunds, Curvemotion, HMP Highpoint and Abbeycroft Leisure have already signed up for the Accumulator Challenge and organisers want more to join in.

At the start of the three month annual challenge, each business is handed £50 and charged with turning it into as much money for the hospice as possible.

Over the years, cash generating ideas have ranged from wine tasting evenings to mechanical pig racing challenges and go-karting. The initiative, which is this year sponsored by Jacobs Allen chartered accountants and tax advisers, has raised more than £230,000 after launching in 2010.

Rachel Card, hospice corporate fund-raiser, said: “In the past I’ve seen the firms taking part getting up to all sorts of innovative fundraising escapades – from fancy dress congas, to competitive rounders tournaments to epic cycle rides – and I’m sure this year will be no different.”

Sheila Burke, a director at Jacobs Allen, added: “We have won the award for the most money raised in the Accumulator Challenge multiple times, including last year when we raised £13,702.58. While we have enjoyed taking part in the challenge, we see our sponsorship as a natural progression of our relationship with the Hospice and are excited to see what this year’s challenge brings.”

Awards will be presented at a finals night in September. To get involved email rachel.card@stnh.org.uk