Cardies raise money for charities

The Cardgains buying group have been out walking with publishers and retailes and Richard Patey from Pure Illustration is to paddle the non-tidal Thames – all to raise money for worthwhile charities.

Penny Shaw from Cardgains and Richard Marsden, member (Highworth Emporium) and supplier at Eco Chic with only 12 miles to go.
Penny Shaw from Cardgains and Richard Marsden, member (Highworth Emporium) and supplier at Eco Chic with only 12 miles to go.

Last week (Thursday 21 June) saw the annual Cardgains Charity Challenge take place. This year it was a 27½ mile walk of two sections of the Cumbria Way, from Dungeon Ghyll to Ulverston, to raise money for Cardgains’ charity of the year – the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Some 31 walkers from the card and gift industry took part and all managed to complete this challenging walk. “For once the weather was kind to us and we enjoyed almost perfect walking conditions,” says Penny Shaw, marketing director of Cardgains. “If anything it was a little hot at times, but we aren’t going to complain!”

Cardgains members John & Nicole George of From The Heart Maryport were part of a 13 strong team who took part this year.
Cardgains members John & Nicole George of From The Heart Maryport were part of a 13 strong team who took part this year.

Cardgains retail members John and Nicole George of From The Heart in Maryport were part a 13 strong team who took part this year. John says, “We are hoping to raise over £4,000 the MND Association. We are thrilled to complete another charity challenge – they don’t get any easier!”

If you want to make a donation to the Cardgains Charity Challenge please click here.

Meanwhile at the opposite end of the country, Richard Patey of art licensing agency, Pure Illustration (which supplies many publishers with design) and his wife, Krystuyna are getting ready to paddle board the length of the non-tidal Thames to raise money for Age UK and Target Ovarian Cancer. They have set themselves the challenge of paddling 139 miles downstream from Cricklade to Teddington Lock and to make things a bit more exciting they will try to complete the challenge in five days.

Richard Patey on his paddle board
Richard Patey on his paddle board

“You might think that paddling downriver with the river flow behind your feet would be a breeze, but there are 45 locks to portage and we are using our 14ft solid bark boards which are heavy but superb for long distances,” says Richard. “So, each portage will be a test of strength as well as planning. Wind will also be one of the most significant factors in the journey, making some days longer than anticipated and ultimately affecting whether we succeed in meeting our deadline.”

Make a donation to Richard and Krystuyna’s challenge here

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