A MALDON start-up which raised more than £4,000 for a hospice during an annual charity event is set to take on the challenge again.

Secret Hamper took part in the 2016 Farleigh Hospice £50 challenge which saw the hospice, backed by law firm Birkett Long, give away 75 fresh £50 notes and ask participants to turn the cash into as much money as possible.

The business, set up by friends Nigel Richardson and Paul Barmby, allows people to send a hamper of essentials to friends or family.

Nigel decided to approach businesses asking them to donate £50 in order to have their company logo added to the side of the Secret Hamper van, which was about to set off on a four-month UK tour.

In total 74 businesses donated, helping to raise £4,300. This year, the target is 100.

Nigel said: “Having lost my dad to cancer I was in awe at the amazing work they do at Farleigh.

“We were amazed by the generosity of local businesses and 74 in all sponsored an ad space on our van.

“As a thank you to the businesses that sponsored the ad spaces we decided to leave the logo’s on the van until this year’s £50 challenge.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/ Secret-Hamper-2017 or e-mail info@secrethamper.com.