‘Office Olympics’ to celebrate milestone

Alix Bell from AM&M in Burgess Hill
Alix Bell from AM&M in Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill direct mailing company AM&M are going for gold this summer with a crazy charity version of ‘Office Olympics’.

As part of a year-long birthday bid to raise £1,000 for each of the 30 years they’ve been trading, staff are inviting fellow businesses to take part in a bonkers It’s A Knockout!-style event.

Among the featured races are tug of war in which the vanquished end up in a pool of jelly, melon shot putting, a cheeky four-pin bowling tournament featuring lady’s underwear and an obstacle course in fancy dress.

“You need to leave your dignity at the door,” admitted organiser and the company’s general manager Alix Bell. “But it’s all in a fantastic cause and we aim to have a lot of fun.”

Alix is one of 29 staff who will help raise the mammoth £30k for four Sussex-based charities: RockingHorse Appeal, Group B Strep Support (GBSS), St Peter and St James Hospice and the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Staff will nominate her for a 30k run, an abseil or triathlon later this year. Others are taking part in a sky dive and sponsored silence.

Twenty-four teams of six are needed to take part in the AM&M Olympics on Thursday 28 July. Entry costs £20 per competitor and teams compete in ten events. Gates open at 3pm at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill, with the first race getting underway at 4pm. There will also be a BBQ, treasure hunt, kids’ stall and bouncy castle.