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SmartestEnergy has raised over £3,000 in a fundraising competition for local charity Age UK Suffolk.

To celebrate their 65th birthday, Age UK Suffolk invited local companies to get involved in their ‘65’ themed challenge which saw participants maximise income on a tight budget supplied by the charity.

The challenge encouraged the competitive spirit between local companies, giving each organisation an allowance of just £65 to creatively invest in fundraising activities in order to raise as much money as possible in support of Age UK’s activities in Suffolk.

Over a period of six and a half months, SmartestEnergy held small office-based activities including cake and book sales to encourage staff to support the cause. Further Christmas-themed fundraising activities also saw a huge increase in donations.

SmartestEnergy’s biggest fundraising event was The Mucky Races Sole Destroyer Race held in Northampton. A team of six SmartestEnergy runners were put to the test as they tackled a 10km race with a series of steep inclines, mud pits, water holes and a 200 metre lake wade to finish. With huge support and sponsorship from colleagues, friends and family, the race raised £818.75.

Having raised a total of £3,125, SmartestEnergy was given the runner up title at the Age UK Suffolk awards evening on the 28th March, coming second to Otley Village Community Group in the overall challenge.

SmartestEnergy were also recognised as the organisation that raised the largest total in the Large Business category.

SmartestEnergy’s Fundraising Team Leader Tracy Hunt said:

“Age UK Suffolk really is a great charity, and knowing that all the work they do is taking place in our local area gives us a great sense of fulfilment. It’s also nice to know that we are helping to change the lives of others around us. We very much look forward to future fundraising opportunities with Age UK Suffolk.”

Age UK work with elderly people of state pension age to make their later years as fulfilling as possible. It is their mission that the people they work with ‘retain choice in and control over their lives’.

Money donated to Age UK contributes towards free services such as local walk in help centres, day centres where the elderly can engage in fun social activities, dementia support as well as an extended list of other great benefits.

> Find out more about Age UK Suffolk