Accumulator Challenge

The Accumulator Challenge is back for 2024, and Lord Sweetener is on the search for new candidates to take part in his annual fundraising spectacular.

This year’s challenge is extra special, as 2024 marks Barnsley Hospice’s 30th Anniversary! We’re looking for new teams and previous participants to take part and raise vital funds which will help us to keep supporting the local community for another 30 years.

The challenge is simple – in honour of our 30th Anniversary, you’ll have between 1 – 30 March and a £30 loan to raise as much money as possible. How you do it is up to you and the more creative, the better! We’ve seen lots of great ideas over the years, from fancy dress, doggy bows to themed gelato, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with this March!

So, it’s time to join forces with colleagues, put on your thinking caps and get fundraising. But what’s a challenge without some friendly competition? At the end of the fundraiser, we’ll also be awarding prizes for:

  • The team that makes the most profit
  • The most innovative fundraising idea

We will announce the well-deserving winners at a celebration event at the hospice in April, where you can find out more about what the other teams have got up to and meet other businesses from the local area.
If your workplace is up for the challenge and wants to see how much you can raise in 30 days, sign up today using the form below.

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We have taken part since the very first time Simon came to us as Lord Sweetener. Over the years, we have had so much fun, and it has never felt like a hard slog! In the past, we have done things like cake sales in the surgery and staff games to raise money. So if you are thinking of signing up, don’t hesitate! When you hand the money over at the end of the month, you will feel so proud.

Alice and Laura, Victoria Medical Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take part?

Signing up couldn’t be easier! Simply fill out the form below with details of your team, and Lord Sweetener (aka Simon Atkinson) will be in touch to share all the information you need. Our team will also be on hand throughout the challenge to answer any queries, and we’ll be popping in to see what activities you’re getting up to.

Do you have to be a local business to sign up?

The challenge is a great team builder and an exciting way to fundraise, and we welcome anyone to enter. Perhaps your friends are looking for a fun challenge, or you and some fellow students want to do some good in your local area, you are more than welcome to join the challenge!

What can I do to raise money?

This part is entirely up to you! The fundraising opportunities are endless, and you can make the most of your resources or connections to raise as much as possible. Your team could do a sponsored walk or bike ride, or if you fancy something less active, you could hold tombolas or bake sales in your office. Every team is different, so we encourage you to find something that works for you. But remember, there’s a prize for the most innovative idea, so think outside the box!

How much do I have to raise?

We don’t set a specific target for teams to reach. As every team is different, we simply ask that you raise as much money from the £30 loan as you can. Remember, every penny raised helps and will go towards supporting the outstanding care and services we provide here at the hospice.

What are the benefits of taking part?

Other than the challenge being a fantastic team-building activity and adding a little fun to March, you will be part of raising vital funds for Barnsley Hospice. To provide our care and services to patients, we need to raise large amounts of money every year. Fundraisers like the Accumulator Challenge make up a huge part of it, and each penny you raise adds up!

For taking part in the challenge, you will receive a Certificate of Thanks from the hospice stating your total contribution. You will also be invited to our challenge closing ceremony where the total amount raised by the ‘Class of 2024’ will be revealed, and we will be presenting prizes for the most money raised and the most creative idea.

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