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Hospice challenges Barnsley businesses to accumulate funds

Posted 14 January 2020

Barnsley businesses are being encouraged to take on the hospice’s annual ‘Accumulator Challenge’ to raise funds.

Teams taking part will be given £29 and challenged to turn it into as much money as possible throughout the 29 days of February. The winner will be the team that makes the most profit, and there will also be a prize for the most innovative fundraising idea.

Last year 15 teams took part, including Victoria Medical Centre, Wilbys Estate Agents and XPO Logistics. Over £10,000 was raised for the hospice, the highest-ever total generated by the Accumulator Challenge.

Tankersley Manor (pictured left) were crowned the 2019 winners after they raised £1,858 through a quiz night, name the teddy bear competition and an ‘Orangeaid’ football tournament.

Andy Barber, part of the winning team at Tankersley Manor, said: “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.”

The Accumulator Challenge is organised by Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice. He said: “Now entering its third year, the Accumulator Challenge is an innovative way that businesses can raise funds for the hospice, and what better way to introduce a bit of team building into the workplace?”

The hospice encourages participants to think of creative ways to raise as much money as possible. Last year’s ideas included a ‘pie in the face’ challenge, selling doggy bow ties, a bungee jump, selling homemade valentine’s cards and an office swear box. Previous teams have also done bake sales and raffles to boost their total.

Simon added: “The support we receive from the Barnsley business community plays a vital role in helping us provide patient care, so we’re urging as many companies as possible from across the borough to get involved. We raised £10,000 last year and we’re hoping to raise even more this year!”

To sign up to the Accumulator Challenge, or to find out more, businesses can contact Simon Atkinson on 01226 323629 or at