It’s a knockout for very worthy cause - SLIDESHOW

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FUN, frolics and foam-soaked inflatables helped a much-loved city charity raise cash for the cause.

St Luke’s Hospice organises an It’s A Knockout competition every year, welcoming teams from firms across the area to come along and compete.

This year’s contest was even more special, as the charity is celebrating its 40th anniversary and working hard to raise as much money as possible during its milestone year.

Tessa Wood, a customer services advisor at Alpharooms in Ecclesall Road, took part along with nine colleagues.

The 21-year-old said: “We’ve not done this before, but when we got an email telling us about it we thought straight away it would be a good laugh.

“We’ve already raised more than £800 for the charity so we’re really pleased.”

Clare McDaid, from Yorkshire Bank, was there with her team mates hoping to take the title this year - after being pipped to second place in 2010.

Clare, aged 35, a supervisor at the Haymarket branch in the city centre, said: “We’re really pleased to be back again this year.

“It is such a good laugh and is a real boost for team working spirit. Whatever we raise for St Luke’s, Yorkshire Bank has agreed to double it as part of our pledge to raise cash for the charity throughout this year.”

Workers from Barber, Harrison and Platt chartered accountants were also taking part after picking St Luke’s as their chosen charity for the year.

Marketing manager Tanya Addy, 27, said: “We’ve all been excited about taking part and all the games look like lots of fun. We’ve already raised about £2,000 for the hospice so far this year, so this will be another welcome boost to the final total.”

K Yap, an electrical engineer at Services Design Associates, based off the Parkway, was taking part with his colleagues under the name of the Design Desperadoes. They all donned sombrero hats and fake moustaches for the occasion.

The 37-year-old said: “We thought the fancy dress would be a bit of a laugh and help us to stand out!”

Games included in the contest included inflatable hurdles, the slippery slope, the mangle and the funnel tunnel. All the equipment was provided at special charity rates by Demon Wheelers.

Other companies taking part included Santander, Co-operative Funeral Care, Panache lingerie, Medilink, Rider, Levett and Bucknall quantity surveyors and Close Credit Management.

Anna Sheppard, events fundraising manager at St Luke’s, thanked everyone for their support and contribution.

She added: “It’s been a really great event - a chance to bring together work colleagues, build some team spirit, have lots of fun and raise funds for St Luke’s, all at the same time.”