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.

Local firm’s bib donation boost boys’ rugby club

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A team of budding rugby players are now wearing brand new bespoke bibs whilst practicing their skills thanks to the support of a local flag firm.

Hampshire Flag Company has sponsored the production of 20 practice bibs for the Havant Rugby Club Under 16s team. The luminous orange and yellow polyester bibs feature the logo of the Waterlooville based leading flag manufacturer and are made by Sportsfront.

The donation of the new bibs came about as the nephew of Hampshire Flag’s Managing Director plays for the team and asked his uncle to sponsor the replacement bibs.

Graham Wilkinson, Hampshire Flag’s Managing Director said, “It’s great to be encouraging local young people to focus on sport and to pursue an active and healthy interest.

“Sponsoring the bibs was a small way supporting of a local youth team which my nephew is very committed to and enjoys being part of,” added Graham.

The Havant Rugby Club Under 16s team meets every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning at Havant Rugby Club in Fraser Road, Bedhampton.

Simon Harris, Havant Rugby Club Under 16s Coach said, “We are delighted with the new practice bibs and are extremely grateful to Hampshire Flag for its generosity. Practice is an essential of the team’s progress and having the new bibs has really boosted the team.”

Hampshire Flag’s team of 24 produces hand-sewn national and international flags, printed flags and digitally printed banners. It also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.
Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. The multi-award winning firm provides on-going support for various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.

Flag firm supports South Pole skier’s charity race

 

The Hampshire Flag @ The South Pole

South Pole

A selection of flags was donated to one man’s adventurous expedition to the South
Pole which raised more than £15,000 for charity. Matt Elliott took part in ‘The Extreme  World Races Centenary Race to the South Pole’ – one of the toughest races in the world and took 12 flags with him, provided by Hampshire Flag, to raise money for The Royal British Legion and The Alzheimer’s Society.

Each custom flag was manufactured from a lightweight knitted polyester and printed with the branding of the different businesses which supported Matt’s 40 day expedition to Antarctica during which him skied more than 700km – 100 years after Norwegian explorer Amundsen beat Sir Robert Falcon Scott in their epic duel to the South Pole.

Flag’s Atlantic adventure helps Rainbow Centre fundraise

A crew which successfully completed a trans-Atlantic sailing challenge took with them a flag donated by Hampshire Flag Company and raised almost £5000 for the Rainbow Centre, a charity which helps children suffering with Cerebral Palsy.

The 1.5m x 2.25m digitally dye printed flag was taken almost 3000 miles on White Whisper, a Beneteau Oceanis 46, from Southampton to Antigua on a journey which took 14 days. The crew of four undertook the challenge to raise much-needed funds for the charity. The single-sided knitted polyester flag featured ‘Raising money for’ wording in large print and the Rainbow Centre logo.

 

 

Free Proms flags raise funds for Salvation Army

The Portsmouth Citadel Band and Choir were joined by special guest, Faryl Smith, Britain’s Got Talent 2008 finalist, at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal, for the Salvation Army’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’ event, which was held to raise money to help homeless people across the United Kingdom.

The Salvation Army’s annual fundraising campaign raised over £2000 for its Red Shield through its extensive network of community centres, family support units and ‘Life House’ residential programmes.

Salvation Army Event sponsored at Theatre Royal

Farly Smith
Farly Smith
portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band
portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band
Audeince with Union Jack
Audeince with Union Jack

Hampshire Flag Company played a key role in helping the Salvation Army appeal by donating a selection of Union flags. The leading flag manufacturer, which is based in Waterlooville, just a few miles from the event, donated 250 20cm x 30cm fabric hand waving Union flags, which were given to the audience, and 25 5’ x 3’ Union flags which were displayed throughout the Theatre.

More than 300 hundred people gathered at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal for the Salvation Army’s event. Natalie Hanchett, Good Neighbours Manager for the Salvation Army in Portsmouth, said “hand-waving flags made such a difference to the atmosphere”

“The ‘Last Night of The Proms’ event evokes patriotism and nostalgia, and the hand-waving flags made such a difference to the atmosphere and audience’s enjoyment of the evening. Hampshire Flag was extremely generous and we are over the moon with how much money was raised,” added Natalie.

Flags boost fundraise by London Cardiff 24 challenge

cancer research fundraiserHampshire Flag Company has played a key role in helping to raise money for Cancer Research UK by donating tear drop flags to the UK’s longest non-stop team relay race. The country’s leading flag manufacturer produced 24 tear drop flags for London Cardiff 24– a 160 mile/24 hour challenge which has raised more than £20,000 for the charity. London Cardiff 24 began in London and finished at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and 14 teams took part with eight finishing properly.

The 4m tear drop flags features ‘Checkpoint’ wording, the Cancer Research UK logo and the London Cardiff 24 brand colours on a white background. The tear drop flags were printed on a DuPont Artistri 2020 machine and were situated at checkpoints along the relay race route.

Ross Herringshaw, Event Organiser for London Cardiff 24 said, “The race is now in its second year and has become a great success. It one of the toughest challenges to undertake due to the distance and lack of sleep, and we are delighted with the number of applicants and the money raised for Cancer Research UK. “Having the tear drop flags made such a difference to the route. They not only added colour and really stood out, but gave a focal point for all the teams to cluster around which acted as a morale boost for the teams. Hampshire Flag were extremely generous to have donated the 24 flags, poles and bases and we really appreciate their support,” added Ross.

Different types of teams entered the challenge – those wanting to simply complete the race, those wanting to beat the 24 hour clock and those who want to set a new fastest record. The fastest time this year was just over 23 and a half hours.

Managing Director of the Waterlooville firm, Graham Wilkinson, said, “We are delighted with the amount raised for Cancer Research UK and proud that our flags featured in such a unique event. “It’s great to be supporting London Cardiff 24 as it not only raises much-needed funds for an important charity but it provides a way for people to take part in a well-organised and rewarding challenge,” added Graham.

Hampshire Flag’s team of 24 produces hand-sewn national and international flags and digitally printed banners. It also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.

Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. The multi-award winning firm provides on-going support for various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.