Challenging themselves for Hospice Care

Challenging themselves for Hospice Care

Phyllis Tuckwell’s new Accumulator Challenge has seen 14 companies sign up to raise money for local Hospice Care, raising an amazing £12,540.

Each team was given £50 and 50 days – and challenged to find innovative ways to make as much profit as they could for Phyllis Tuckwell. Red Mist Leisure, projectfive, Farnham Herald, Air Social, Aviator Hotel, Bakerlaw, Coutts, Hawthorns of Farnham, Hi-Speed, Kidd Rapinet, Metro Bank, Novatis, Smith & Williamson and the Surrey Chamber of Commerce all took part in the challenge, each finding creative ways to grow their £50, from raffles, dress-down days, poker evenings, race evenings, tuck shops, quiz nights, coffee mornings, cake sales, a tombola, a car wash, a sweepstake and a darts competition – to name but a few!

The challenge began on Monday 15th January and ended 50 days later, on Monday 5th March. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice on Thursday 26th April, where teams shared their fundraising stories and celebrated taking on the challenge. Prizes were awarded to Red Mist Leisure who, with eight of their pubs taking part, raised £2,845, the most money overall, and also to Steve Coburn of projectfive, who won the Individual Fundraiser Award and also the award for most money raised by a single office.

“We were delighted that all of our pubs participated in the Accumulator Challenge this year in support of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care,” said Mark Robson, Managing Director of Red Mist Leisure. “Our pubs are integral to the local communities we serve, and supporting this initiative through a variety of activities, from quizzes to raffles, helps raise the much-needed funds which Phyllis Tuckwell needs, and is also great way of boosting staff engagement and morale.”

“It was great to have the chance to fundraise for a local charity in a way that was fun and engaging for our team too,” agreed Steve Coburn of projectfive. “We treated this as a leadership development opportunity – with people from different teams coming together to form a ‘company’.  Ultimately, it’s all about how much money we could raise to support Phyllis Tuckwell – but the added benefit to us, as an organisation, to see our future leadership team grow and develop was invaluable.  We can’t wait until next year’s challenge!”

All of the money raised by this innovative challenge will go towards funding the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. Every day it supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/ Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to offer all of these services, which are given free of charge to its patients and their families.

“We are delighted that in its first year the Accumulator Challenge has raised over £12,500,” said Nick Adams, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “On behalf of our patients and their families, I would like to thank all of the companies who took part, for their hard work, commitment and innovative ideas. We are so impressed, not only with the huge amount of money raised, but also with the variety of fundraising ideas, the competitive spirit and the fantastic teamwork of all involved. We hope that many more companies will take part next year, knowing how much fun it is and how it can bring together people.”

To register your company’s interest for next year’s Accumulator Challenge, please contact Nick Adams on 01252 729446 or email


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