Local businesses took up the gauntlet and proved their worth as they battled it out to raise thousands for a good cause.
St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Accumulator Challenge saw 40 firms given a crisp £50 note in June with three months to turn it into as much as possible for the charity, which cares for those across the area with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.
Rrepresentatives from each team celebrated their success by attending a grand final night at Audi’s Bury St Edmunds showroom where they learnt their competitive efforts had resulted in a grand total of £30,092.59.
Rachel Card, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser said: “Over the last nine years the Accumulator Challenge has become such an important event, not only because it raises a lot of money, but because it brings the community together.
“This summer of fundraising has been an absolute pleasure and I hope the friendships and relationships that have grown will continue to do so for many years to come. Everyone who has taken part has been absolutely fantastic and the efforts they have put in over the summer and the funds raised have blown me away, they will make a huge difference to our hospice and the people we help across the community.”
Precision Marketing Group, who raised an impressive £5,031.61, won the top prize for the most amount of money raised.
The team, who entered the challenge for the first time this year, threw themselves into the challenge by arranging a gala dinner as well as plenty of fundraisers over the summer months including a day off raffle for all off their staff and encouraging everyone to collect 20ps in smarties tubes.
Nick Pryke, Precision Marketing Group’s chief executive officer, said: “It has been a great summer of fundraising for us and we have been really proud and pleased to have been involved with the Accumulator Challenge. We are a company of 60 people and everyone has taken part and helped to support our efforts in some way, which we feel has been especially important. Whether it’s been taking part in a raffle or supporting our gala dinner everyone has made a difference. We will definitely be back next year.”
The Marketing Award, to commend the business that best marketed its fundraising activities, was presented to Bury St Edmunds Audi, who raised their funds by completing their across the pond driving adventure Bangers to Bordeaux. The business was praised for not only their own marketing efforts, but also the way they encouraged others to promote the challenge.
The Community Award was given to the business the judges felt involved the community and demonstrated the essence of community spirit.
This year the award went to 365 Motivate Team who judges felt had shown their community spirit by “the bucket load” having organised a successful family fun day and taken part in several distance walks
The Tennens Properties team picked up the award for Best Team Spirit, as judges felt the team demonstrated fabulous teamwork and motivation.
The Most Creative Idea Award went to Bury St Edmunds Canine Crèche, who raised around £3,000 with their pet inspired calendar.
All of the funds raised by the event will help fund the care and services the hospice provides across West Suffolk and Thetford.
Pictured above are representatives from some of the businesses who have helped raise £30,092.59 for St Nicholas Hospice Care as part of the charity’s Accumulator Challenge.