This month sees My WiSH Charity launch a new fundraising challenge, with the aim to raise funds for an activity assistant for elderly patients, many of whom have dementia. 

Teams will receive a £50 starter donation and are encouraged to ‘run wild’ with fundraising ideas over three months to claim the title of ‘Grow Your Dough Champions’. This initiative would not have been possible without the support of event sponsors Knights Lowe, Suffolk-based chartered accountants, and business advisors. Fundraising officer and event organiser, Tanya Fifield, said: “We are excited to run this event where people can get creative and have fun while supporting their local NHS charity.”

Grow Your Dough will run from 1 April to 30 June and entry is free. Teams can be businesses, family and friends or it can be an individual challenge. There will be four trophies up for grabs: Most dough raised, Community engagement, Most creative fundraising and Most dedicated team. 

Tanya added: “£50 could go towards ingredients for a bake sale, or an entry fee for a half marathon, the choice is yours. We want those taking part to enjoy the challenge with their friends or colleagues.

“Our supporter Arthur Clarke will be entering the event with his friends and on the other hand, we have Treatt, one of our corporate partners, entering a team.  This is why we have the different trophy categories, we want to reward innovation as well as those who raise the best amount.”

Tanya extended her thanks to Knights Lowe for sponsoring the event: “An accountant is the perfect partner for this money growing event and we are thrilled to work with them.” 

Bianca Evans, marketing manager for Knights Lowe said: “Knights Lowe are really excited to be supporting My WiSH with their Grow Your Dough Challenge, we can’t wait to see what all the teams get up to and are looking forward to seeing all the innovative ideas as businesses around the community come together for this incredible cause. A number of our staff here at Knights Lowe have seen first-hand the incredible work My WiSH carry out and we are really proud to be supporting them.” 

The money raised will allow the charity to provide an activity assistant for ward G4. Ward manager, Rosie Cawston, said: “This role will have a huge impact on our patients, especially those with dementia. Whether it’s playing cards, getting the bay to play bingo, or just sitting and having a chat will be such a valuable asset to the ward. We know this kind of interaction is vital to our older patients to help maintain their cognitive skills while in hospital.”

To find out more, or to enter Grow Your Dough, head to the charity’s website: