Businesses challenged to boost funds for hospice

13 December 2017

Barnsley Hospice is calling on South Yorkshire businesses to battle for first place in its New Year ‘Accumulator Challenge’.

The charity is throwing down the gauntlet to 28 teams to turn £28 into as much money as possible during the 28 days of February.

Participants will be encouraged to think creatively to multiply the money, and prizes will be awarded to the team that makes the most profit, and the team with the most innovative fundraising idea.

The Accumulator Challenge is headed up by Simon Atkinson, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice. He said: “This is a great teambuilding exercise for businesses large and small, and we’re encouraging people to do whatever they can to raise as much as possible. A bit of friendly rivalry never does any harm, so multiple teams within the same company are encouraged to fight it out against each other too.

“Ultimately, we want teams to have fun whilst doing their bit to help a local charity that relies heavily on the support of the South Yorkshire business community.”

White’s Bakery in Barnsley is the first business to sign up to the challenge. The company, which employs 56 people at its base in Worsborough Bridge, supplies baked goods to cafes, schools and retailers including John Lewis and Asda. 

Managing director David White said: “Barnsley Hospice is a charity that’s close to all of us here so we jumped at the chance to accept the challenge. We’ll be using the competition to engage our workforce and strengthen our community links, and we hope to see lots more Barnsley businesses joining us. We’re already cooking up some interesting money-making ideas, so let the best team win!”

Donations from the Barnsley business community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

To sign up to the Accumulator Challenge, or to find out more, businesses can contact Simon Atkinson on 01226 323629 or at  

Barnsley Hospice provides specialist care for anyone in the borough with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease.

Notes to Editors

Attached photograph shows Simon Atkinson.

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.

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