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Big-hearted workers raise £10,000

PUBLISHED: 15:37 09 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

By Tina Heath

tina.heath@ecng.co.uk

THE competitive spirit of an Ipswich firm's workforce has been harnessed to a money-spinning idea that looks set to have raised £10,000 for charity – in just two hours!

By Tina Heath

tina.heath@ecng.co.uk

THE competitive spirit of an Ipswich firm's workforce has been harnessed to a money-spinning idea that looks set to have raised £10,000 for charity – in just two hours!

Ipswich-based company Listers called together 20 of its sales

representatives from across the country to Martlesham's Kingpin for a

sponsored bowling match.

The competition was cleverly devised to ensure that each sales

representative tried their hardest to achieve the best score over two games with cash prizes courtesy of Yale Security Products UK.

For every point scored Listers made a donation to charity meaning

children's hospices in Ipswich, Quidenham and Milton, and Children in Need benefited to the tune of

several thousands of pounds at the close of Thursday night's adrenaline-fuelled activity.

"We wanted to do something out of the ordinary," said Listers'

managing director Robert Peters.

Energy

"Salesmen are always very

competitive so we devised a way to harness this energy and make some money for charity."

Competitors arrived dressed in their own national shirt and with an entourage of friends, families and

children to cheer proceedings on.

The competition was officially

started by chairwoman of Suffolk Coastal District Council Doreen Savage who has long held a keen

interest in East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

"When you die you should be able to die with as much dignity as you can. We have moved away from the very hands off approach of the past.

"I really believe the two charities to benefit from this match are two of the most worthwhile organisations."

Children hospices care in every way for life-limited children, their families and all those who are special to them.

Listers is a nationwide supplier of builders' ironmongery and security products with a staff of 200.

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