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Barnsley businesses smash Accumulator Challenge

Posted 20 March 2019

Barnsley businesses have raised over £10,000 for the hospice through our annual ‘Accumulator Challenge’, with Tankersley Manor Hotel crowned this year’s winners.

Corporate fundraiser Simon Atkinson, aka ‘Lord Sweetener’, set The Apprentice-style challenge to organisations across the area to turn £28 into as much money as possible during the 28 days of February. The team from Tankersley took first prize after raising £1,858.

Fundraising initiatives dreamed up by the teams included a ‘pie in the face’ challenge, selling doggy bow ties, a bungee jump, selling homemade valentine’s cards and an office swear box. Barnsley College picked up the award for the most innovative fundraising idea after senior staff were placed on ‘police bail’ and had to ask friends and family to raise enough money for their release.

The winners were crowned, and participants thanked at a special event held at the hospice on 19 March.

Andy Barber, part of the winning team at Tankersley Manor, said: “When we saw the big companies we were up against, we didn’t think we had a chance, so to win is amazing. With a full year to prepare for the next one, we’re confident of raising even more and bringing the trophy home again!

“I visited the hospice before through my old job, and it makes you appreciate the commitment shown by all the staff and volunteers. I think it’s one of the best charities the hotel has worked with – we want to help the people who care for our community.”

Simon, who was full of his trademark puns on the night, said: “This is the second year we’ve run the Accumulator Challenge and the ideas and enthusiasm shown by local businesses has once again been incredible. Tankersley Manor are well-deserved winners with an amazing £1,858, and five teams raised over £1,000 which is a fantastic achievement.

“I also want to thank the people of Barnsley who have helped each team raise so much money through their generosity. The money will help us care for the hundreds of local families who need us each year and for that, we are very grateful.”

In total, the Accumulator Challenge saw £10,811 raised from 15 organisations: Victoria Medical Centre, Wilbys Estate Agents, Wynsors Shoes, Barnsley Bowl, Barclays, The Closet Queen, Churchfield Vets, Hair Revolution, XPO Logistics, Barnsley Norse, Tankersley Manor, Sally’s Glitz & Glam, Little & Large, Webmart, and two teams from Barnsley College. The grand total was £1,800 higher than last year, despite the same number of teams taking part.