Cherry Orchard and Paper Rose execs make great strides and strokes

It takes a great deal of effort to be a successful card publisher and creative maestro and being a sales agent defo requires a lot of get up and go – all of which was put to the test recently for a trio from the card publishing scene and one plucky agent.

Above: Robin Hill.
Above: Robin Hill.

North West agent, Robin Hill certainly lived up to his surname recently, making light work of running what was almost a double Marathon route over hill and dale in just 11 hours and 50 minutes. Robin and a couple of his chums put their best feet forward, undertaking The Lakeland 50, a tough 50 mile run from Penrith over the fells to Coniston, in memory of a good friend who sadly recently passed away, raising £4,500 for their local St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston for their efforts.

Meanwhile, Cherry Orchard’s tenacious md Jackie Collins and creative director Beverley Fisher also rose to great heights recently. They completed the Three Peaks Challenge, which saw them climb Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon (the three highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales), all within 24 hours raising over £3k for the WellChild charity that the company supports.

Above: Jackie Collins (right) and Bev Fisher braving the weather.
Above: Jackie Collins (right) and Bev Fisher braving the weather.

While the route was arduous enough, added to the this the wet conditions and poor visibility meant Jackie and Bev had to dig deep to complete the challenge.

We would both say that it’s been the most gruelling and brutal challenge we’ve ever experienced,” said Jackie and Bev, but added that the physical and mental challenges were far outweighed by the camaraderie of the people involved and the satisfaction of knowing the monies raised are going to such a good cause.”

Above: Kate Vine in swim mode in Budapest.

Wet conditions were par for the course for Paper Rose’s creative controller Kate Vines who has just competed in the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest. This international aquatics competition saw Kate qualify to race in the 100m butterfly and the 200m butterfly and went on to come 7th and 6th respectively in her actual races, (for the 40–45 year age group).

As she told PG Buzz: “It feels pretty unbelievable to be the 6th fastest swimmer in the world in my age group. I was over the moon when I saw the results on the scoreboard! It really was one of the best adventures of my life!”

As a reward (once she had managed to get out of her race suit – they take around 20 minutes to put on!) “I treated myself to a MASSIVE mojito!” confessed Kate.

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