A hospice has challenged people to make as much money as they can from £50 in 50 days.

St Wilfrid’s in Broadwater Way, Eastbourne, has launched the 50:50 challenge to raise much-needed funds for its essential work, providing skilled and compassionate care for those with terminal illnesses.

The challenge run from February 5 and March 26.

People taking part will be loaned a crisp £50 note. It is then up to them and their team to turn that into as much money as possible in 50 days.

Participants could use the cash to buy ingredients to bake cakes and then have a cake sale, or buy car washing equipment and clean vehicles for a fee.

Other suggestions include a raffle or coffee morning.

The team which has made the most money after the 50 days will be presented with a winner’s trophy by the hospice’s mascot, Wilfie Bear.

Colin Twomey, chief executive of St Wilfrid’s, said: “We look forward to seeing what amazing ideas fundraisers come up with this year.

“As a charity, we rely on our community to provide around 70 per cent of our income – and the patch we serve covers a huge 230,000 people in East Sussex.

“We are hugely grateful for to the public for their generosity. It makes an incredible difference to the work we do, caring for people with life-limiting illnesses.”

Teams will have access to the leader board and an exclusive Facebook group throughout the challenge, so they can keep an eye on how each team is doing

Last year the team from Gibbs and Dandy, a builders’ merchant in Eastbourne, turned £20 into £500.

The Argus: The golf challengeThe golf challenge (Image: St Wilfrid's)

They bought golf balls and prizes and charged customers £1 to putt three balls in the middle aisle of the shop.

Anyone who got the ball into the hole spun the wheel of fortune to receive either an immediate small prize or entry into a raffle for a digital radio.

To sign up for the 50:50 Challenge, or if you have questions, email corporates@stwhospice.org call 01323 434221 or see stwhospice.org/50-50 for more information.