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St Nicholas Hospice Care has received a financial boost to its work this week after businesses raised £33,274.97 during an ‘Accumulator Charity Challenge’.

The challenge, which was sponsored by 1 Accounts Online, was won by business 365Motivate, based in Bury St Edmunds which bested thirty-four other businesses to raise £3,487 in the three-month competition.

365Motivate organised a number of activities to raise money, ranging from a competition based on guessing the number of sweets in a jar to a team activity where volunteers had to climb three mountains as part of the Three Peaks Challenge.

Over £33,000 was raised for the hospice charity.
Over £33,000 was raised for the hospice charity.

It is not the first time the business has raised money for the charity, having been a regular participant in the competition in recent years.

Lucy Cronin, who owns the company, highlighted the importance of teamwork to her business winning the challenge.

She said: “During the Three Peaks Challenge, everyone pulled together to keep morale up. Team spirit has been very important.”

365Motivate raised more money than any other business
365Motivate raised more money than any other business

Along with winning the accolade of most money raised, 365Motivate also won an award for best marketed fund-raising activities.

Companies that took part came up with a variety of different fund-raising initiatives, with Greene & Greene raising £1,244 by challenging people to carry a box of eggs safely through an obstacle course.

The charity challenge is held annually and any business is welcome to get involved.

Representatives of the businesses which took part gathered at the charity’s Hardwick Lane Hospice on November 11 for the awards ceremony, in which the winners and total amount raised was announced.

1 Accounts Online sponsored the charity event
1 Accounts Online sponsored the charity event

Rachel Card, who is the corporate fund-raiser for the hospice said: “To have raised more than £30,000 is amazing and I am so grateful to each and every one of the businesses that took part.”

She went on to say that, “The amount raised really is fantastic and it will make such a difference to the hospice as we care for those living with dying, death and bereavement.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Hardwick Lane, Bury, is a registered charity which helps people struggling with bereavement and provides comfort and advice to those nearing the end of their lives.

As a minimum, £11,000 in fund-raising is required each day for the charity to continue its good work, and so fund-raising efforts of this nature are essential to its continued survival.