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Ten teams took the streets of Leeds last week in a new business challenge launched by Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice – ‘the Out of the Office challenge’.

The event offers participants the opportunity to take back some invaluable learning outcomes from the day, as teams are asked to undertake a variety of tasks making use of skills such as good leadership, communication, creative and organisational skills. Each task is worth a certain number of points and across the course of the day, the team that collects the most points is crowned the overall winners.

On the day teams helped to raise more than £7,000 for the hospice and managed to secure some fantastic prizes. Holly Buckley, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice and organiser of the event, commented: "The event was a huge success, with one participant describing it as an ‘epic day’. We offered companies across the city the opportunity to do something a little bit different and they all really embraced it.

They were astounded by the generosity of everyone they spoke to and relished the opportunity to give something back in a creative way. If teams missed out this time, they can register interest for the ‘Out of the Office’ challenge, which will be taking place on 17 March 2016, by contacting me at holly.buckley@suerydercare.org or calling me on 0113 2033333”.

Gareth Dando, Associate Solicitor at Ramsdens and winner of this year’s ‘Out of the Office’ challenge commented: “It was a fantastic day. We really enjoyed it, a very different day with lots of fun activities. We met some great people out in the community. And all for a great cause as well”.

Rachel Sykes, Partner at Ramsdens said : “On the day, we got vouchers, donations, pledges galore and made it back to the venue in a Bentley. It was still a total surprise when they announced we had won. Very proud of our team effort.”

All money raised from the event will help Wheatfields Hospice to continue to provide incredible hospice are to people living with life-limiting conditions. It costs £4m to run the hospice every year, and a significant part of this amount comes from donations and fundraising. The services at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice are free of charge to patients and their loved ones, and in order to continue providing specialist care, the hospice needs to raise around £2.5m in donations every year.