Haverhill Leisure Centre staff are going silly for St Nicholas Hospice Care to raise money for the charity’s annual Towergate Accumulator Challenge.
Reception staff have been dressing in pyjamas and onesies all this week to amuse the customers while class goers were encouraged to wear their pyjamas during their classes on Tuesday (2).
A bake off by the Kid City team and other staff members will also see plenty of sweet treats being given out for donations.
A ‘Buy a Square’ competition is giving customers a chance to win Zoggs swimwear stock.
A raffle in the gym is also providing a supplement hamper to the winner, featuring boxing gloves, resistance bands, protein drinks, skipping ropes and more.
Another raffle is offering customers the chance to win a months free membership at the leisure centre.
Staff member Danny Johnston is due to become a father in the next few weeks so a ‘guess the baby weight’ competition is on the go to see who can get closest to the new addition’s birth weight.
Finally, sales of flume bands over the coming weekend will also be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Centre manager James Purkiss believes the events taking place this week are setting a new standard when it comes to charity fund-raising.
He said: “We’re really excited to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care by being silly for seven days.
“This is probably our most adventurous fundraiser yet for the hospice with departments across the centre all taking part.”
The fund-raising week goes hand-in-hand with a similar event taking place at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.
The total raised for both weeks will be donated to The Towergate Accumulator Challenge which sees each team given £50, donated by Towergate Insurance, which they have to turn into as much money as possible for the hospice over three months.
Abby Mayes, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s corporate fundraiser, urged people to donate to the various activities taking place at the leisure centre this week.
She said: “While this promises to be a week of fun as well as fundraising, every penny raised goes to a worthy cause and helps to support people facing life-shortening illnesses and their families.”