Ain’t no mountain high enough

We’ve been known to undertake a challenge or two here at Hampshire Flag; the MD’s trekked to Everest Base Camp and our Print Room Manager’s cycled from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.   But when Michael Parker got in touch and said that he and his friend Kenny Parkes were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of their friend Nadine Blake, who died from cystic fybrosis when she was 18, we doffed our caps and happily fulfilled their request for a bespoke flag to take on the climb.

Michael and Kenny at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Michael and Kenny at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Their aim was to raise £10,000 for Southampton General Hospital’s cystic fybrosis unit but, incredibly, the current total stands at more than £13,000 – what an achievement!

Michael and Kenny successfully scaled Africa’s highest mountain and when they reached the top, they unfurled the pink flag and flew it in Nadine’s memory.

The money they’ve raised will be used to build a garden for the patients on the cystic fibrosis unit and for equipment.

Well done lads – we hope you’re putting your feet up now!

Hampshire flags fly at international games

Our flags enjoy a jet-setting lifestyle and are often packed and sent off to undertake glamorous and high profile missions.

And true to form, when we received an order for over 60 large national flags they were to star in the world’s third largest international multi-sport event – the 2013 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG).

The biennial sporting event, which took place in Belfast, is for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers and featured 56 sports with almost 7,000 competitors.

2013 World Police and Fire Games

2013 World Police and Fire Games

Our 1 yard flags were also in demand as we supplied one from every competing nation, all 67 of them, which WPFG stitched together to create one giant flag – no mean feat!

What a great event for bringing together service people from around the world, for celebrating the great work they do and for seeing our flags take centre stage!

Science in focus after Antarctic crossing cut short

The Coldest Journey has covered more than 300 kilometres and climbed sea level to almost 3000 metres up the polar plateau since the five man team set out in March this year – the furthest distance and longest period that any expedition has travelled in the polar winter months.

We supported the expedition by donating 12 flags including five Commonwealth flags, one Union flag and six custom flags featuring The Coldest Journey logo, 12 lengths of bunting – PVC and knitted polyester featuring the Seeing is Believing logo, two banners including a mammoth 15m banner with The Coldest Journey logo on it twice and some banner frames and flag poles.

However The Coldest Journey, which was the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter to raise money for Seeing is Believing, a charitable initiative that raises money to prevent and treat avoidable blindness, has had to put a halt to its Antarctic crossing.

Photo credit: The Coldest Journey

Photo credit: The Coldest Journey

The team has been slowed by difficult terrain and technical challenges so the expedition will now focus on its scientific, educational and charitable aims.

It’s such a shame for the expedition team but they’ve achieved so much and we wish them all the best in the next six months they concentrate on expanding their science programme.

Free flags and banners help hospice raise funds

Another month, another local charity…

The Rowans Hospice has been close to our heart for years and over time we’ve supplied an array of flags and banners to help the charity boost its profile.

Rowans Hospice event flags and banners

Event banners and flags created by Hampshire Flag for The Rowans Hospice

This year has been no exception as we’ve just donated nine roller banners, two tear drop flags and 10 PVC banners to the charity which is just a stone’s throw away from Hampshire Flag’s HQ.

The Rowans Hospice helps improve the lives of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses – and they do a sterling job.

Our flags and banners will be taken to an array of events being held this year including the Moonlit Memories walk in June, the Ruby Ride in September and the Great South Run in October.

Flags and banners at an event

Flags and banners at an event

Good luck to everyone taking part in fundraising events and we salute all who work at The Rowans Hospice.

Toy library gets flags and banners boost

Toy library gets flags and banners boost We’ve played our part in helping a local toy library this month by donating 12 large scale banners.

Connors Toy Libraries is a Portsmouth based charity which provides a toy library service and other community resources for children, their families and carers.

The charity called upon our services as it needed banners to let passers-by know when the toy library sessions were taking place. So we’ve happily donated the 12 digitally printed PVC banners, each 6ftx2ft.

Connors Toy Library banner

Connors Toy Library banner

Connors Toy Library, which is 40 this year, promotes better care and upbringing of children through therapeutic, educational and stimulating toys.

It also provides a child carer’s toy store, a mobile toy library to refuges and hostels in Portsmouth and toy resources for children with special needs.

What a great cause! We love supporting charities so it’s even better when they’re on our doorstep and help children.

We wish you a merry Christmas…

With the festive season now in full swing it seems the perfect time to say a big thank you to all our customers for your support throughout this year.

Christmas Flag

Christmas Flag

It’s certainly been a busy one here at Hampshire Flag HQ and we’re all looking forward to a few days’ rest, eating lots and watching some quality TV. We hope you get a break from the old routine too!

Keep your eyes peeled for our January sale and 2013 will see some exciting new product launches along with the usual too-good-to-miss offers.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on facebook to ensure you keep up to date with the latest news and launches.

Happy Christmas and here’s to a terrific 2013!

Warming up for Antarctic challenge

Our flags not only get to clock up some miles but they often help raise awareness of some great causes – and our most recently donated flags and banners are no exception.

The Coldest Journey is the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter whilst raising money for Seeing is Believing, a charitable initiative that raises money to prevent and treat avoidable blindness.

So we’ve provided 12 flags including five Commonwealth flags, one Union flag and six custom flags featuring The Coldest Journey logo, 12 lengths of bunting – PVC and knitted polyester featuring the Seeing is Believing logo, two banners including a mammoth 15m banner with The Coldest Journey logo on it twice… with some banner frames and flag poles to boot!

Flags in production

Flags in production

Led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the expedition will start on 6 December 2012 when expedition members and equipment will sail to Antarctica from the Thames to the Lazarev Sea coast in Antarctica.

The traverse will take place between the two seasonal equinoxes, 21 March 2013 – 21 September 2013, with the ice team travelling from Novolazarevskaya (Novo) to the Ross Sea in the Antarctic winter. During this six month period the expedition team will have travelled 2,000 miles, mostly in complete darkness in temperatures close to minus 90C.

Throughout the traverse, the expedition team on the ice and the ship will undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on glaciology, marine life, oceanography and meteorology.

We wish all The Coldest Journey team the very best for their amazing (and very chilly!) fundraising feat.

Spooky goings on at Hampshire Flag

We’re getting set for the scariest time of year here in Hampshire Flag dungeons with tempting tricks and treats on a cauldron of products.

Why not brave our ghostly deal on bunting that goes bump in the night? Select from designs featuring either zombies, witches or ghosts – all available in 5m lengths of  12 pennants.

Scare off skeletons and ward off witches with our frightful feather flags. These new additions to our Halloween line up feature two designs, both white with ghostly faces and come complete with aluminium pole and ground spike.

Ghost feather flags

Ghost feather flags

Or why not make your Halloween celebrations stand out with our pesky PVC banners with ‘Happy Halloween’ wording in two terrifying designs and in four freaky sizes?

Happy Halloween Banner

Happy Halloween Banner

So get your pumpkins carved, apples a ‘bobbin and place your Halloween order now from http://www.hampshireflag.co.uk/HalloweenBunting.html – if you dare…