Karcher looking for accumulators for hospice funds

Karcher's current headquarters in Banbury
Karcher's current headquarters in Banbury

Banbury firm Kärcher has teamed up again with the Katharine House Hospice for the Accumulator Challenge.

Now its third year, the two local organisations are calling on local schools, colleges, community groups and businesses to take part.

Each group will receive a £50 start-up fund from Kärcher and will need to use their creative and entrepreneurial skills to turn this into as much money as possible for Katharine House. Last year, £10,000 was raised for the hospice. Teams will also compete against each other for the top prizes which will be awarded at a presentation evening in early 2017.

Daphne Robertson, partnership fundraiser at the Hospice, said: “The challenge is a fantastic way for students and employees to build teamwork and think creatively, and for businesses to fulfil their social responsibilities. Whether you use your £50 start-up fund for a sporting challenge, cake sales, quiz nights, or a new computer game or phone app, every penny you raise will make a tremendous difference to Katharine House Hospice.”

Angharad Orchard, CEO of Katharine House, said; “The challenge was a huge amount of fun for everyone. It was wonderful to see the ideas that teams had come up with and their interest in the hospice and what we do.”

It costs over £3.6 million to run Katharine House Hospice each year, with only about 20 per cent of that comes from government funding.

The rest comes from community donations, fundraising events, and corporate partnerships with local businesses like Kärcher.

The Kärcher Accumulator Challenge runs from September 12 to December 22. For more information, or to sign up, contact Daphne on 01295 816 484, or email daphne.robertson@khh.org.uk