Blackpool's hospice issues £50 challenge to Fylde coast businesses

Previous Hospice Challenge winners Wareing Buildings of Wrea Green
Previous Hospice Challenge winners Wareing Buildings of Wrea Green

Business ‘heroes’ are being sought to take part in a charity challenge to raise vital funds for Trinity Hospice.

This year will see the return of the hospice’s £50 challenge, with local businesses tasked with making as much money as possible for the charity.

Sign up has begun for the challenge, which starts on May 1 and runs for 16 weeks.

Participants will be given £50 and in that time have to find a way to turn it into the biggest possible donation to support the work of Trinity Hospice or Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Trinity’s senior fundraiser Janet Atkins challenges businesses to channel their inner superhero.

“After taking a break last year, the £50 Challenge is back, and it’s bigger than ever,” she said.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming new superheroes of the fundraising world.”

In previous years, the £50 Challenge has raised upwards of £40,000, and since an anonymous supporter has given the starting £50 for each team of fundraisers, every penny raised will go to Trinity.

Janet added: “It’s great to see the £50 challenge return.

“It is for every size of business – from big corporates to sole traders – and in previous years things have got very competitive.

“Many companies have found it’s a great team-building activity and have been very inventive in how they turn their £50 into much more.”

The 2016 challenge saw 15 firms take part and raise a total of £25,000.

The winner was James Brearley and Sons of Blackpool, who managed to raise £3,647. Second place went to the Highland Pub.

n Businesses wishing to show off their superhero employees and sign up for the Fylde Coast £50 Challenge should call Janet on (01253) 359362 or email janet.atkins@trinityhospice.co.uk.