Get ready to rock ’n’ raffle

10 fab prizes up for grabs thanks to generous sponsors at Thursday’s Henries Awards


Are you ready to rock ’n’ raffle? There’s just a couple of days to go before the greetings industry’s big night when host Patrick Kielty will be revealing the Henries Award winners.

And the joint will be jumpin’ to the 50s theme with the great and the good from publishers, retailers and suppliers all set to enjoy crooner Gary Williams over dinner, DJ Freight Train spinning rockin’ good classics and contemporary tunes til the wee hours, the casino and air tattoo artists – and the chance to win 10 fabulous prizes generously donated by industry sponsors for the big raffle.

Above: Crooner Gary Williams will sing over dinner
Above: Crooner Gary Williams will sing over dinner

Raffle tickets at the glitzy party on Thursday, 6 October, at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, are just £10 for three or £20 for six, and this year the monies raised will be split between the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and industrywide registered charity The Light Fund, which has raised over £2million since its inception in 2004 to fund 200-plus charity projects across the world helping less-fortunate men, women and children.

Comedian and TV personality Patrick is all geared up for his second stint at The Henries, having hosted the Oscars of the greetings world 12 years ago – the list of who’s been shortlisted as 2022 finalists can be found here, with the Best Service To The Independent Retailer finalists revealed here.

The Henries wouldn’t be what it is without all the generous sponsors, including Alpha Colour Printers, Card Factory, Carte Blanche Greetings, Duplo, EBB, Fedrigoni, FujiFilm, G.F Smith, GCA, Gould Paper, Graphite Creative, Hallmark, Herbert Walkers, House of Cards, LB Warehousing, Ling Design/GBCC, Loxleys, PG Live, Postmark, Scribbler, Sherwood Group, Simon Elvin, Skeet Print, Skylight Media, Spring/Autumn Fair, The Art File, The Imaging Centre, UK Envelopes, UK Greetings, Windles Group and Woodmansterne Publications.

Above: The Windles’ team is ready to rock
Above: The Windles’ team is ready to rock

“It’s a privilege and an honour to be able to contribute and be a part of the Henries’ Awards,” Windles business development and marketing manager Michelle Mills told PG Buzz. “The event brings together generations of people involved in greetings cards and we love being part of an incredible community, being able to support and contribute.

“We have plenty of rock ’n’ roll news that’s enough to make even Elvis’ hips gyrate – it’s viva Las Windles with six new machines, 13 new people, one wedding, two new babies and another on the way, 10 new trees, three new solar panels, two new electric cars, a new record on zero waste, and even more passion and care about what we do. Windles are definitely a rockin’-and-a rollin’!”

Along with the hundreds of publishers set to enjoy the party, plenty of retailers are getting ready to rock including casino sponsors House of Cards as well as Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Tesco, WHSmith, Postmark, Card Factory, Cardgains, Fortnum & Mason, Clintons, Scribbler, and John Lewis. And you can check out what’s going on in the special Henries brochure which can be read online here.

For anyone who’s a latecomer to the party, there are a few last-minute tickets available to join in and celebrate the greetings industry’s creative excellence and great sense of camaraderie with the box office closing tomorrow, Wednesday, 5 October, at noon – click here to grab one.

The full list of raffle prizes and generous donors is:

Henries raffle pic 41 Happy Days – kindly donated by Carte Blanche Greetings

You can live it up like The Fonz with a stay at any of the eight delectable boutique hotels in The Pig Group with a £500 voucher you use as you wish. Whether you fancy frolicking by the sea, relishing the rural delights or lapping up city culture, you can enjoy choosing between these wonderful establishments, also revered for their culinary delights.

Henries raffle pic 52 Graceland Makeover– kindly donated by The Art File

Rock it like Elvis with a wardrobe makeover, pep up your own home so it’s worthy of the Graceland tag, or make yourself look as lovely as Audrey Hepburn then treat yourself to the latest beauty products with £300 worth of John Lewis vouchers.

Henries raffle pic 63 Come Dine With Me– kindly donated by Hallmark

Take your pick at any of the fantabulous restaurants in The Ivy Group. With £250 at your disposal, you can go for it with a romantic champagne dinner or invite some friends and share the joy.

Henries raffle pic 74 The One You Want– kindly donated by Loxleys

Book yourself the best seats for We Go Together: Grease The Musical or any stage show, see your fave band in concert or be there at a top sporting event with £250 worth of Ticketmaster vouchers to use as you wish.

Henries raffle pic 85 Love Me Tender– kindly donated by Ling Design/GBCC

You can smell better than fresh cherry pie and frothy milkshake with £250 to spend on the wonderful fragrances, scented candles and other fragrant treats from the House of Jo Malone.

Henries raffle pic 96 Rationing’s Over– kindly donated by The Sherwood Group

Tantalise your tastebuds with a gorgeous Fortnum & Mason Celebration hamper crammed full of delights, including champagne, wine, gorgeous cheeses, and truffles.

Henries raffle pic 107 Bud-dy Holly Up– kindly donated by UK Greetings

You can pep up your patio, titivate your borders or improve your tree hugging with £250 worth of National Garden Centre vouchers to spend on any of the thousands of products at 14,000 UK garden centres and nurseries.

Henries raffle pic 118 Bill Healey & The Comets– kindly donated by Woodmansterne Publications

Embark on a sensational outing and immerse yourself in old-school charm with this Triple Classic Car Drive topped off with a high-speed passenger ride. You can select to drive a luxurious Austin Healey 3000, a mighty Ford Mustang from the movies, a beautiful Jaguar E-Type, a roaring Aston Martin Vantage, or a classic Mini Cooper S MK3.

Henries raffle pic 129 Casablanca or Casarossa?– kindly donated by Simon Elvin

If you go ga ga about gin, are mad about Malbec, or get in a fizz about champagne, you can restock your wine rack and cocktail cabinet with £250 to spend on tipples of your choice from Majestic Wine.

Henries raffle pic 1310 High Jive Kicks– anonymous donation

Last, but very much not least, there are four executive tickets for the Manchester United v Chelsea match, currently scheduled for 22 April, 2023, at Old Trafford with full access to the Manchester Suite, lunch, programmes, and parking for one car at the ground.

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