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PKF Olympian effort raises much-needed cash for hospice charity

A charity sporting spectacular organised by PKF Accountants & business advisers has raised more than £2,300 for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

The Ransomes Olympics really caught the imagination of businesses at Ransomes Europark in Ipswich and many of their employees teamed up with PKF to take part in the event, held at the David Lloyd Health Club (formerly Next Generation) on the site.

One of the organisers, PKF senior manager Gordon Hopkins, says the fundraising brought out the community spirit in everybody who took part. "We gave our all - and had a lot of fun at the same time - in events such as the office chair race and three-legged fancy dress race relay. It was a great opportunity for local businesses to get to know each other and there was a huge sense of camaraderie among the participants."

PKF raised the most sponsorship money - £537 - at the event overall, but of the invited participants, Ipswich Building Society's team's sterling efforts realised £329 for EACH, securing it the prize of a month's membership at the health club.

Gordon continues: "East Anglia's Children's Hospices do such a lot of good work, supporting families throughout the region, yet are not fully funded by government.

"It costs EACH around £5.5 million a year to run its services at its three hospice sites in Ipswich, Quidenham in Norfolk and Milton in Cambridgeshire - yet only around 25 per cent of its funding comes from statutory sources. We all wanted to do what we could to help and we're very pleased at the success of this fundraising event."

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