Thousands raised in third annual Hospice Accumulator Challenge
A special awards night took place at the Marriott Hotel in York on Monday evening to celebrate money raised in the St Leonard’s Hospice Accumulator Challenge.
Posted Mar 27

Thousands raised in third annual Hospice Accumulator Challenge

The ceremony, compered by Ben Fry of the Minster FM Breakfast show, celebrated the  achievements of the seventeen teams that took part in the month-long challenge. They were given an initial loan of £30, kindly underwritten by NatWest, and challenged to raise as much additional cash as possible.

The overall winning team was Best Western Hotels with a fantastic total of £4141.90; the largest amount raised since the first Hospice Accumulator Challenge in 2016. They put a huge amount of time and effort into the challenge and are much-deserved winners. In second place was the Marriott Hotel with £2047.03 and third was Barratt David Wilson Homes with £1934; both impressive totals.

The Innovation Award was chosen by Annie Keogh, corporate fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice and organiser of the challenge. The award went to the Grand Old Uke of York ukulele band for their creative ‘Status...GO!!!’ idea which raised an impressive £1801.01. They invited musicians of all types to pay to submit a 30 second clip of them playing ‘Rockin' All Over the World’ by Status Quo and then released the song as a charity single. The winning entry also won a session in a professional recording studio.

The award for best overall team member was voted for by everyone on the night and went to P. J. Edgar from Make it York.

The other teams, all of which did a fantastic job, were City of York Council ‘Yorhorriblehistories’, Jack & Jill’s Nursery, Benenden, One Stop Heslington, Royal Bank of Scotland (York), Tesco Askham Bar, Rosti Automotive, Vangarde York, DoubleTree by Hilton York, Account Solutions, York College and Minster FM.

The overall total raised for St Leonard’s Hospice was a whopping £20,907.46. Since the first challenge of its sort in 2016 teams have raised over £51,000 towards patient care. 

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.”