ellenor wants businesses to help them ‘grow’ a £50 note

    BUILDING ON SUCCESS Baxall Construction, winners in 2016, are now sponsoring the Challenge

    ellenor is looking for companies in Tunbridge Wells and Tunbridge to take part in its 2017 Accumulator Challenge, which starts on May 2.

    The charity hands over a crisp £50 note and the recipient has three months to grow that cash into as much as possible to support families facing terminal illness.

    “We launched this initiative last year and turned £600 into over £7,000,” says Kate Barnes, Area Fundraising Manager at ellenor.

    “In 2017 we want to make this even bigger and raise a significant sum to support our work. The 2016 winner, Baxall Construction, has sponsored the Accumulator Challenge this year, meaning we have up to £2,000 to give away.”

    The first Accumulator Challenge raised £7,171 for ellenor, a figure that could pay for 233 hours of play therapy for the charity’s young patients and their siblings to help them understand the emotions they are experiencing.

    Baxall Construction raised £3,684.79 last year. They held a raffle, baked cakes, including birthday cakes made to order, held a football team scratchcard competition.

    “Last year we had a variety of businesses taking part, from sports centres to banks and law firms to pubs, and we hope to welcome lots more this time around,” adds Kate. “It’s a real opportunity for companies to have fun as a team and get creative.”

    It is the only charity in Kent that provides hospice care for people of all ages and their families, with 90 per cent of its work being done in a patient’s own home.

    ellenor needs to raise £6.7million each year to provide round-the-clock pain and symptom relief, end-of-life care, respite and bereavement support.

    If you know a business which would like to be involved, contact Kate Barnes on 01474 320007 or kate.barnes@ellenor.org. For more information, visit www.ellenor.org