In February Cornwall Hospice Care launched the charity’s first Accumulator Challenge. Aimed at local businesses, the idea was to give firms £50 and ask them to turn the money into a bigger sum. Local company Gilbert & Goode from Holmbush, St Austell funded the initial fifty pound stakes and the venture was supported by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. Last Wednesday (20th July) Lesley Ross, Chair of Trustees at Cornwall Hospice Care, presented awards to the top performers who collectively helped raise more than £5,000.

Participating teams had to raise the money, using their £50 starter fund, between the 11th of May and the 29th of June, growing their 50 pounds in 50 days. 

As well as sponsoring the challenge, Gilbert & Goode entered the competition, using it to encourage their staff to fundraise internally. They held a successful cake sale, did a day’s car washing for all staff on site and ran a Big Breakfast in the offices one morning, offering staff bacon and sausage baps. 

John Hutchens, the Team Leader for the challenge says; “Even those people who were under pressure carrying out their normal work activities managed to find the time to devote to the fundraising, with humour and without complaint. The overall experience has definitely been of benefit to Gilbert & Goode and to all those involved. It was nice to see work colleagues on more informal terms, having a bit of fun away from their usual work. I felt we all got to know each other a little better as a result.” 

Gilbert & Goode won the award for Best Team Effort, raising £721.55. 

Cornwall Business Solutions, based in Truro, and Director Dan Sampson in particular, called on a team of sole traders/directors to help put together an auction that was run live online. He used his £50 to ensure a lavish selection of food was laid on for those attending the event at the Swell Bar and Kitchen in Truro. There were 20 lots and at one stage there were over 1,200 online viewers some of whom were bidding too. 

With the help of fellow traders, Shane Solomon from the Cornwall Chanel and Auctioneer Steve Moyles, Dan raised an incredible £1,734. He says; “It took Rob Dick, Harriet Bratt, John Harvey, Debbie Rogers, Anna Burt, Shane Solomon and I almost all of the 50 days to plan the auction, but we all had fun, especially on the final evening. We are all very happy that we took part.” 

As a result Dan won two awards; Greatest Benefit to the Community and the Ultimate Accumulator. 

The Solo Star and Most Innovative Awards went to Adam Pearson of Newquay Hypnotherapy. He raised £150 through a series of talks and workshops called ‘Use Your Brain’ and aimed at members of the horse riding community. “I shared various techniques to help riders overcome the fears they have around jumping, competing and generally enjoying their riding. Over 50 people took part and as a finale I went along to a weekend riding camp to witness many of them jumping over fences and galloping through water with confident strides and big grins on their faces.” 

Mel Colton-Dyer from the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce was full of praise for the firms that supported our Accumulator Challenge and said after the presentations that she hoped this was the start of an annual competition; “Cornwall Hospice Care’s Accumulator Challenge has got off to a good start and I hope those who took part this year will inspire other firms to get involved in the future. This is such an important Cornish charity that deserves support.”