A CHARITY has launched a challenge which will see businesses from around the local area competing in a bid to raise the most money to help people with life-limiting illnesses.

Primrose Hospice launched its Corporate Challenge yesterday inviting all companies to meet their competitors, and receive a £50 starter grant.

They now have 80 days to turn that £50 into a much larger fundraised total.

Every two weeks throughout the campaign, a leader-board will be released sharing who is in the lead for the competition.

It is being held to encourage competition and networking between local companies, and to promote fundraising for Primrose Hospice.

Businesses will be competing not only to raise funds for this worthy cause, but also to win an esteemed award, judged externally and announced at a prestigious Primrose Ball.

On September 27 the charity is hosting its third annual ball at the Chateau Impney Hotel, entertaining up to 500 guests with a night of food and amazing entertainment.

Awards on offer will include ‘Best use of events’, ‘Best use of social media’ and ‘Corporate Challenge Champion’.

Amy Flemming, fundraiser at Primrose Hospice said: “We wanted to encourage a sense of competitive spirit and give our supporters an opportunity to compete for awards.

"It will be amazing to give the businesses the recognition they deserve for their hard work. We can’t wait to see the amazing fundraising ideas the teams will come up with."

Hogarth’s Stone Manor Hotel were the first business to sign up to the challenge.

Sam Adkins, senior sales executive, said that the Hogarths team are excited to be taking part in this and raise some funds for this amazing local charity.”

Primrose Hospice supports the patients and families of North East Worcestershire living with life-limiting illnesses by offering a range of services.

It is an independent charity, offering free care, advice and support.

It currently costs over £1.75 million per year to run all the hospice services, with just 14.6 per cent of its funding coming from Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG.