Businesses from across Greater Manchester have raised thousands for St Ann’s as part of this year’s Accumulator Challenge.
The Accumulator, a Dragon’s Den meets The Apprentice- style fundraiser, saw companies tasked with raising as much money as possible from £100 over a month-long period. Organisations could choose to spend the initial capital of £100 as they saw fit (as long as it was legal!) and could decide to reinvest or put it all behind one big activity.
We’re incredibly appreciative of all the hard work that has gone into making this year’s Accumulator such a success. The teams have raised a massive £15,400 for the hospice, which is incredible.
We’re thrilled that everyone who took part really threw themselves into raising as much money as possible for St Ann’s. It will make a real difference to the lives of the local patients we care for, and their families too. Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive
Teams of varying sizes from a diverse range of businesses took part and competed throughout October, with the aim of becoming The Ultimate Accumulator. A special awards ceremony was held at St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green to celebrate the end of the challenge.
This year, a team from law firm, Clarke Willmott, won the accolade of The Ultimate Accumulator, raising an amazing £6,040 for the charity. They also won the Innovator Award.
Thirty keen staff members saddled up on static bikes at their Manchester offices to cycle the equivalent of visiting each of Clarke Willmott’s offices across the country.
We loved the Accumulator Challenge and of course, as lawyers, we like to win but the main story here is the amount local businesses can raise in a short period of time when they get together and channel their efforts. We stand proudly behind the work St Ann’s does as many of our staff, including me, have had family members needing end of life hospice care. It was very humbling to visit the Heald Green hospice on the awards night and hear real life stories about how fundraising really makes a difference. I’d also like to thank Pure Gym in Manchester for loaning us the bikes and all of our clients and contacts who sponsored the Clarke Willmott team. Emma Hamnett, employment partner at Clarke Willmott
Equity Housing came in second, raising an impressive £2,703.
A huge thank you must go to all the organisations that took part in The Accumulator Challenge this year, who did a fantastic job raising much-needed funds for the hospice.
We would also like to thank Swizzels, who sponsored the prizes.