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Hospice challenges local businesses to do something nifty with £50

St Barnabas Hospice is once again holding their three-month long Accumulator Challenge for local business supporters.

On the back of St Barnabas Hospice’s successful Accumulator Challenge last year, the Hospice has decided to launch the challenge again for 2019 to try and engage with even more local businesses.

The Accumulator Challenge is an exciting and innovative way for corporate supporters of the Hospice to go head-to-head to grow £50 into the most amount of money. Last year’s Challenge saw fourteen businesses come together to raise a total of £18,518.91, with the winning team being Warners Midlands plc who turned £50 into £2,000 with only four team members!

This year’s Accumulator Challenge will begin on Sunday 1st September and will run for three months until Saturday 30th November. The Hospice is encouraging local businesses to sign up before Monday 19th August to receive the £50 in time for the start of the challenge.

At the end of the three months, St Barnabas plans to host an Awards Evening to celebrate the achievements during the Challenge and give awards out to the top performers. The Hospice has listed some brand-new awards to be given out this year:

  • Innovation Award
  • Best Event Award
  • Best Individual Fundraiser Award
  • Best Fundraising Team Award
  • Digital Marketing Award

Caroline Swindin, Corporate & Community Lead at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“After the success of last year’s Challenge, we couldn’t wait to launch it again this year. We’ve listened to feedback and made a few changes to ensure it will be bigger and better than before.

“For fairness, we’re going to convert the final figures into a team average based on the number of people in each team. This means that small companies will have just as good a chance of winning as those who want to sign up a large number of employees to their fundraising team.

“I’d be delighted to see our current corporate partners entering the Challenge and I also can’t wait to welcome brand new supporters to take part. It will be brilliant to see the different ways in which people can be ‘nifty with a fifty’ for hospice care.

NatWest are the first team to sign up this year, following a successful award win during last year’s Accumulator Challenge. The team were announced as having the most innovative ideas, which included hosting a curry lunch break where they cooked using a recipe from their colleagues in India. They also organised a table football tournament and a World Cup themed networking evening in a night club!

Andy Procter, Relationship Director at NatWest, said:

“As a team we immediately wanted to get involved to support this wonderful charity, as many of us have been touched by the work St Barnabas does. It was a great opportunity for us to get together as a team and have some fun raising money.

“We decided to have a number of charity meal where different staff members in the office cooked and the rest of the team paid for the food. We all sat down together, and it was great fun to prepare the food and spend time together. We didn’t realise how many good cooks we have!

“We are looking to do the same again this year alongside our office tuck shop, which we use to raise regular funds for St Barnabas.”

To sign up to the St Barnabas Accumulator Challenge, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/accumulator19. For more information, call Caroline on 07435 970 309 or email caroline.swindin@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

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