Businesses in Barnsley battled for first place in the Barnsley Hospice ‘Accumulator Challenge’, with the town’s Victoria Medical Centre crowned 2018 winners.
The charity set The Apprentice-style task to organisations across the area to turn £28 into as much money as possible during the 28 days of February. The team from the GP surgery, based on Victoria Crescent West, raised almost £2,200.
Staff there launched ‘pop-up cafes’ in the waiting area, held a race night and set up a permanent fund-raising stall in the reception. Employees were also invited to ‘buy’ time off and early finishes, in return for donations.
In total, the Accumulator Challenge saw over £9,200 raised from 15 organisations including Whites Bakery, Yorkshire Psychotherapy, Barnsley Norse, Wilbys, Dearne FM, Barnsley Council, Storefirst, Better Barnsley, The Closet Queen, CAPITA, Sally’s Glitz ‘n’ Glam, Hair Revolution, Churchfield Vets and Barnsley College.
Winners were announced and all participants thanked at a special event at the hospice last week.
Simon Atkinson, corporate fund-raiser at Barnsley Hospice said: “We’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm and effort that all participants put into this challenge, and Victoria Medical Centre are well-deserved winners with an amazing £2,200.
“It’s been great fun to see the ideas that have been generated and some of the teams are already talking about what they will do to try and win the 2019 title. The money raised will help us care for the hundreds of families who need us each year and for that, we are really grateful.”
Fund-raising initiatives dreamed up by the teams included a ‘pounds for pounds’ sponsored slim, a challenge to eat as much tripe as possible in 20 minutes, a pop-up market stall, and a micro-business selling handmade cards.
Kate Appleyard of Victoria Medical Centre said: “We are really proud to support our local hospice. It’s been a privilege to take part in the challenge and we didn’t expect to raise so much. We raised £500 in the first week and just pushed it as far as we could.
“We’re really grateful to the team at the centre and the patients who helped us raised all the money. We will definitely be taking part in the Accumulator Challenge next year – especially now we’ve sussed out our competitors!”
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).
- Photo, by Tim Cragg, shows the winning team from Victoria Medical Centre (L-R: Claire Firth, Kate Appleyard, Alice Lowery, Tracey Holmes, Emily Holmes) with Barnsley Hospice’s Simon Atkinson.