BARNSLEY businesses are being invited to take part in an annual fundraising challenge in aid of the hospice.

The Barnsley Hospice accumulator challenge is an Apprentice-style contest where teams compete to make the most profit out of an investment of £30.

Barnsley Hospice corporate fundraiser Simon Atkinson said: “This year, more than ever, we want the accumulator challenge to be an opportunity for workforce teams to come together and have a bit of morale-boosting fun.

“We hope local businesses, who have seen so much disruption over the past 12 months, will be able to arrange outdoor or online activities which suit them to raise money and lift spirits. There is no pressure and teams can do as much or as little as they like. Every bit of money raised is appreciated and goes towards covering the costs of running Barnsley Hospice.”

Barnsley Hospice took a hit to fundraising over the past 12 months with the cancellation of events and the closure of shops.

Fundraising income was down on average £2,300 a day during the lockdowns, whilst staff provided inpatient care for people with life-limiting conditions throughout the pandemic.