Thousands raised in Hospice Accumulator Challenge

A special awards ceremony took place at The Marriott Hotel on Thursday evening to celebrate money raised in the St Leonard’s Hospice Accumulator Challenge.

Eighteen teams took part between 1st Feb and 2nd March. They were given an initial loan of £30, kindly underwritten by NatWest, and challenged to raise as much additional cash as possible within 30 days. The ceremony was sponsored by the Marriott Hotel and hosted by Ben and Ellie of the Minster FM Breakfast Show.

Steph McGovern, BBC Business Correspondent and TV Presenter said “A massive congratulations to everyone involved in the St Leonard’s Hospice Accumulator Challenge 2017. The teams raised a fantastic amount of money for a brilliant cause.”

Steph appeared on a pre-recorded video from the BBC Breakfast studios to announce winner of the award for the most money raised – Business Students, The ‘Business Bulldogs’, from York College who raised a whopping £3410.61.

Business Tutor Rianne Hughes from York College said: “This has been an excellent opportunity for the students to hone their business skills; they approached local businesses and haggled in true ‘Apprentice’ style, managing to gather a fantastic array of prizes. They put so much effort into the Challenge and showcased what Business students at York College are capable of.”

The Innovation Award was chosen by Annie Keogh, Corporate Fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice and organiser of the challenge. The award went to Stockton Hall Hospital, who raised an impressive £2188.13, due to the extra planning and risk management that needed to go into events and activities associated with being a medium security hospital.

The award for best overall team member was voted for by everyone on the night and went to Stephanie Jackson from Minster Law. She was the first person to volunteer to be on the Minster Law team, came up with lots of fantastic ideas and dedicated a lot of her spare time to the challenge.

The other teams, all of which did a fantastic job, were Minster FM, Make It York, 1st Strensall Scout Group, William Birch & Sons, Pryer’s Solicitors, Royal Bank of Scotland, Best Western, The Skipton Building Society, CBT Clinics, Rosti, City of York Council Community Base, Benenden, Jack & Jill’s Nursery,  The Marriott Hotel and a group of individuals, ‘Fundraising Friends.’

The overall total raised for St Leonard’s Hospice was a whopping £24,572.67.

Annie Keogh said, “A huge thank you to all the teams who took part. We are so impressed, not only with the amounts raised, but also the variety of fundraising ideas and methods used and fantastic team work and community spirit. Thank you to our sponsors, the businesses and individuals in the teams and all in the local community who have supported the challenge in any way. A great night was had by all.”

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