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Bury St Edmunds: Leisure staff begin a week of fundraising activities

PUBLISHED: 13:19 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:19 27 August 2014

Abbeycroft Leisure staff in fancy dress in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care as part of the annual Towergate Accumulator Challenge. Left to right, Cat Rayson, Emily Roberts, Debbie Hastings and Mariola Wsol.

Abbeycroft Leisure staff in fancy dress in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care as part of the annual Towergate Accumulator Challenge. Left to right, Cat Rayson, Emily Roberts, Debbie Hastings and Mariola Wsol.

Leisure centre staff have embarked on “seven days of silliness” in support of St Nicholas Hospice Care, based in Bury St Edmunds.

Starting on Monday, the team at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre have begun a week of fundraising events as part of the hospice charity’s Towergate Insurance Accumulator Challenge.

Those on reception and in the membership team are taking part in a fancy dress competition throughout the week and there will be a staff “guess the baby” competition.

The admin team will be putting their culinary skills to the test and hoping to take some inspiration from chef and television presenter Mary Berry by taking part in a bake-off.

There will be a spinathon on Sunday with class members and staff taking part in two and a half hours of stationery cycling, and duty manager Martin Hewitson has agreed to have his legs waxed for the charity if the £500 target is reached.

There will also be an end of summer pool party on Saturday from 5.30-6.30pm with inflatables, music and games in aid of the hospice.

In the gym, customers will be able to nominate their favourite fitness instructor to be gunged in exchange for donations.

Clare Maller, the acting centre manager, said: “It really will be seven days of silliness. This is probably our most adventurous fundraiser yet for the hospice.

“Our reception team love to dress up to raise funds for the hospice and this year is no exception.

“Other areas of the centre are also getting involved to raise funds for this fantastic cause.”

The Towergate Accumulator Challenge sees each team given £50, donated by Towergate Insurance, which they have to turn into as much money as possible for St Nicholas Hospice Care over three months.

Abby Mayes, St Nicholas Hospice Care corporate fundraiser, urged people to donate to the various activities at the leisure centre this week what they can to the various activities, but particularly the spinathon. “While this promises to be a week of fun as well as fundraising, every penny raised goes to a worthy cause and helps to support people facing life-shortening illnesses and their families,” she said.

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