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.

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Flag firm supports two Kilimanjaro charity climbs

Flags from one of the country’s leading manufacturers have been taken to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro twice this summer thanks to gruelling fundraising expeditions
by teams from two leading firms.

Hampshire Flag Company supported a team from Snows Group in Southampton, which raised more than £20,000 for a local children’s charity, by donating a 183cm x 91cm flag.

 The digitally dye printed flag was produced from knitted polyester, printed on an Dupont
Artistri 2020 and featured the Snows Group logo and the team flew the flag when they reached the mountain’s summit.

Snows own leading car dealerships across the south and the challenge was undertaken by its Group Chairman Stephen Snow and Group Board Director Neil McCue. The pair formed part of radio station Wave 105′s ten-day expedition.

Hampshire Flag Company also provided the flag taken to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain at 5896 metres (19,341 feet), by a team from K2Dental in Fulham.

Zaki and Dominique Kanaan, a married couple, undertook the trek as part of their bid to
raise over £6000 for Bridge2Aid, a charity that provides vital free dental care, education and training in Northwest Tanzania as well as a community development programme to help the poor and disabled in Mwanza.

Both Zaki and Dominique are members of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) and the 183cm x 91cm flag, which was digitally dye printed and produced on a Dupont Artistri 2020, featured the BACD logo.

Graham Wilkinson, Managing Director of the Waterlooville-based flag manufacturer said, “It never fails to astound us how caring, dedicated and daring some of our customers are – and the lengths they will go to in order to raise money for charity”.

 “Seeing these successful business people give up time, energy and expense to make a difference to the lives of others is an inspiration. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is no mean feat and we are extremely proud that our flags have been taken to the summit twice over the course of this summer,” added Graham, who successfully reached Everest base camp last year.

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.