Barnsley businesses are being encouraged to shake off the January blues by signing up for Barnsley Hospice’s annual ‘Accumulator Challenge’.
The charity fundraiser sees teams given £28, with the aim of turning it into as much money as possible during the 28 days of February. Prizes will be awarded to the team that makes the most profit, and the team with the most innovative fundraising idea.
Last year 15 organisations took part, including Barnsley Norse, Barnsley College and Wilbys. Over £9,000 was raised for patient care.
The 2018 winners were Victoria Medical Centre, who generated £2,200 through a pop-up café, a race night and a scheme which allowed staff to ‘buy’ time off work. Alice Vickers, practice administrator, is now throwing down the gauntlet to other organisations. She said: “We had so much fun last year and every member of staff at Victoria Medical Centre got involved. We’ve signed up for 2019 and I challenge Barnsley businesses to take our trophy away from us!
“The work the hospice does affects so many people and we just want to help in any way we can.”
The Accumulator Challenge is organised by Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice. He said: “The 2018 Accumulator Challenge was our first and the response was fantastic – 15 teams took part and there were some brilliant fundraising ideas. It’s a chance to have fun, get some camaraderie going between your work colleagues and support a fantastic local cause.”
Businesses can enter more than one team if they wish and teams are encouraged to think of creative ways to raise as much money as possible. Last year’s ideas included a sponsored diet, a tripe and pig bag eating challenge, and even setting up a brand-new gift card business.
2019 marks Barnsley Hospice’s 25th anniversary, so the aim is for 25 teams to take part to mark the occasion.
Simon added: “Barnsley Hospice relies heavily on the support of the Barnsley business community so we’re urging businesses across the region to gather a team together and get involved. Over £9,000 was raised for the hospice in 2018 and I’m confident we can beat that this time around.”
Donations from the Barnsley business community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).