The next ellenor Accumulator Challenge – a competitive fundraiser for businesses – is set to begin on 2 May and is this time being sponsored by the 2016 winner Baxall Construction. The Paddock Wood-based company has given ellenor sponsorship of £2000 and, based on last year’s figures, this amount of money could potentially grow into £17,500.
The Accumulator Challenge will see entrants given a crisp £50 with three months to grow it into as much as possible to support families facing terminal illness.
“Last year we have a variety of businesses taking part, from sports centres to banks and law firms to pubs, and we hope to welcome lots more this time around,” says Kate Barnes, Area Fundraising Manager at ellenor. “It’s a real opportunity for companies to have fun as a team and get creative.”
Representatives from the 12 companies which took part in the 2016 event gathered recently at New Beacon School in Sevenoaks to celebrate their success. ellenor Ambassador, Gill Chadbon, who works at New Beacon, organised the venue and special guests included the former Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr David Elliott (who supported the first Accumulator Challenge), and ellenor Patron, artist Guy Portelli, who spoke about why he supports the charity.
The first Accumulator Challenge raised £7171 for ellenor, a figure that could pay for 233 hours of play therapy for the charity’s young patients and their siblings to help them understand the emotions they are experiencing.
Baxall Construction team members – encouraged by Managing Director, Malcolm Clarke - really got into the competitive spirit and, between them, raised an incredible £3,684.79. They held a raffle, baked cakes, including birthday cakes made to order, held a football team scratch card competition, and had a raffle to win a gift card.
“A huge well done to Baxall Construction for winning our first Accumulator Challenge. The company showed great teamwork and creativity with its fundraising,” says Katherine Mobey, Corporate Partnerships Manager. “We are so grateful to Baxall for getting behind our Accumulator Challenge this year by sponsoring it. Its ongoing support is key in raising the funds we need to continue our vital work.”
BDHL from Tunbridge Wells was given the Community Engagement Award, which recognised a companywhich really got behind the challenge and had a high level of engagement with its staff and the local community. This company took on a mammoth 100,000 metre rowing challenge, held a bake sale and raffle for neighbouring businesses; all of which raised a fantastic £1,503.93 in total.
“We really appreciate the hard work all the companies put into supporting our very first Accumulator Challenge,” says Kate Barnes. “The amount raised will help us to continue providing vital support to local families facing terminal illness.”
If you know a business which would like to be involved with the next Accumulator Challenge, contact Kate Barnes on tel: 01474 320007 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org