Teams given £50 at Turners Accumulator Challenge launch

Local businesses in and around Suffolk visited Turners Hyundai Ipswich to be given £50 and three months to turn it into as much money as possible for East Suffolk based charity, St Elizabeth Hospice.

28 teams from companies across the region have signed up forthe Turners Hyundai Accumulator Challenge in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice andpledged to raise as much as they can for the local charity who provide care andsupport to more than 2,000 patients and their families every year.

On Friday (18 September), representatives from the teamstaking on the challenge gathered at Turners in Ipswich to receive their £50 andto hear about how the money they will raise will help improve life for peopleliving with a progressive illness in East Suffolk and Waveney. 

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer joined Ian Turner, MD of TurnersHyundai, who is also a trustee of St Elizabeth Hospice, in handing out the £50notes and encouraged the attendees to raise as much as they can for thehospice.

Mr Turner said: “The Accumulator Challenge is a greatfundraising initiative for local businesses to get involved with. It offersgreat networking opportunities, provides positive PR, is a good chance to teambuild and is a fun and easy way of supporting a local charity at the heart ofour community.

“St Elizabeth Hospice touches many people’s lives and I amproud to be a trustee of such a valued charity and delighted that TurnersHyundai could support them by sponsoring the Accumulator Challenge. All themoney raised through the challenge will make a big difference to the lives ofthe patients, families and carers supported by the hospice.”

The teams can take the £50 and turn it into more charitycash in whatever way they want – as long as it is safe and legal. In the pastthere have been sleep-outs in car parks, men waxing legs, baths in beans, andthe Great Suffolk Bake Off!

The winner of the Accumulator Challenge is the team whoraises the most money and they will receive the top prize of a free page ofpublicity in the Archant publication Business East Monthly.

If your organisation wants to put in a team for the challenge,there is still time. Call 01473 723600 or email fundraising@stelizabethhospice.org.ukbefore the end of the month to enter your team. Find out more at www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/accumulatorchallenge

Companies signed up include: Ansaback, Antistat; Asda (StokePark, Whitehouse and Stowmarket); Barclays Bank; BT TV (Adastral Park andLondon); Constable Country Medical Practice; Eastern and Otley College;Morrisons (Hadleigh); Networking for Good; Specsavers (Stowmarket); StElizabeth Hospice; Suffolk Life; Tesco (Felixstowe); Tothill Services and WoodLey Primary School, some of whom have entered multiple teams.