We Won The 2016 Accumulator Challenge and raised over £6000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care!

By Emma Crawford

We Won The 2016 Accumulator Challenge and raised over £6000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care!

Back in June 2016, Green Duck joined 60 local firms and organisations in the area to support St Nicholas Hospice Care in this year’s Accumulator Challenge, sponsored by Jacobs Allen.

We were given a crisp £50 note and were tasked with turning that into as much money as possible through fundraising events. We’re quite a competitive bunch so we knew from the start that we wanted to win and put together a range of ideas and challenges that we thought would give us a good chance of getting there. These included…

Tuck Shop

We opened up a Tuck Shop for staff with homemade cookies, cakes, and brownies, to name a few. Unsurprisingly, it went down rather well with the team here!


The challenge, aptly named “Can Ducks Fly” consisted of Benny Mansfield, Jonathan Springham, Andy Davies and Steven Crawford. They travelled to UK Parachuting’s Beccles centre on Sunday 11 September to make a leap of faith for the local charity.

The team jumped out of an aeroplane and descended 13,000 feet at a frightful 120mph. Once firmly on the ground, they were delighted with their achievement – not only because they had made it back in one piece, but because they had smashed their initial target of £400 by raising over £1,000!

Day Off Raffle

Another internal event, our directors kindly donated 4 additional days off for staff to win, in June, July, August, and September. Again, unsurprisingly, this one proved rather popular!

Charity Golf Day

Our team, along with local businesses, battled the puddles at Bury St Edmunds Golf Course on a rather rainy Friday 16th September to raise a whopping £4000!

Players from DataLan, RSM, The LP Bar, Ashtons Legal, Dor-Jam, St Edmundsbury Financial, Tennens Properties, Bury Developments, Albany Interiors, and Fairfield Financial joined us on the fairways to help raise funds for the hospice. Despite the lack of sunshine and wet conditions, everyone headed out onto the course ready for an afternoon of golf.

After the teams were back in, dried off and enjoying some much-needed food, they took part in a raffle and auction, with prizes kindly donated by local businesses including The Health Hub, Go Ape, The One Bull, Greene King, St Edmundsbury Financial and Servest.

“We’re delighted with the success of the day, and despite the weather, it was great fun! I’m really proud of all the players who braved the horrendous conditions and helped us raise a fantastic amount for the hospice. Most of us will know someone who have been supported by the hospice and the amazing work they do, so this is our way of giving back.“  Graham Duckworth – Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Green Duck

“Green Duck in a Box-it”

For our final event of this year’s Accumulator Challenge, we teamed up with fellow local business Box-It to kidnap our co-founder and commercial director; Graham Duckworth. We locked him in a giant cardboard box for the afternoon and gave him a number of hilarious challenges to complete, just for our entertainment. We streamed the whole event live on our website but you can still watch here 

All of our hard work paid off and we’re delighted to have raised a total of £6101.96 for the charity!

For more information about the Jacob’s Allen Accumulator Challenge, visit www.stnicholashospice.co.uk

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