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The Henries’ Raffle Pushes The Light Fund Charity Towards £1.4 Million

The winners of The Henries 2018 were not confined just to those who went home with a trophy. A fabulous line-up of raffle prizes was extra incentive for attendees to dig deep, raising around £7,000 for the industry’s registered charity, The Light Fund.

PrintThe monies raised at The Henries through the raffle means that The Light Fund is now on course to this year reach an astonishing £1.4 billion fundraising milestone since its inception in 2004. The registered charity has helped thousands and thousands of people all over the world, and the funds raised from raffles at The Henries and The Retas have helped to significantly swell the coffers over the years.

The prizes donated to The Henries’ 2018 Light Fund charity raffle were: £500 of Trailfinders vouchers (from Cardzone); £300 of Ticketmaster vouchers (from The Art File); a lavish pamper experience at Mayfair’s Athenaeum Hotel (from Woodmansterne); £250 of Apple vouchers (from Paper Rose); £400 TrackDays experiences (from Hallmark); £250 of vouchers for The Ivy Group (from Paper Salad); £300 of John Lewis vouchers (from LB Warehousing); £250 of Hotel du Vin vouchers (from Simon Elvin); £250 of Majestic Wine Warehouse vouchers (from Loxleys); £250 to spend on party goods from Amscan’s online shop and tickets to the upcoming Varsity matches (from Start Licensing and Rhino Rugby).

Above: The raffle was drawn by GCA’s ceo Sharon Little (left) and Ceri Stirland, president of the GCA and UKG’s customer and channel director.
Above: The raffle was drawn by GCA’s ceo Sharon Little (right) and Ceri Stirland, president of the GCA and UKG’s customer and channel director.

The Light Fund, is now accepting applications for funding from any registered charity organisation whose beneficiaries are children, women or men. Those in the greeting card industry are urged to get involved by encouraging any registered charities with whom they have an affinity to put forward distinct projects that they would like The Light Fund to consider funding.

Above: The Light Fund is open for online submissions from charities of projects to fund.
Above: The Light Fund is open for online submissions from charities of projects to fund.

Charities have until Tuesday November 20 to make their submissions online, via The Light Fund website.

There are a few stipulations, which include that the projects should benefit children and/or adults, are capped at a cost of £5,000 and should be completed in 2019.

The Light Fund committee (which includes PG’s Jakki Brown) will meet in early December to vote on which of the submitted charitable projects will be supported. Those who are successful will be informed in mid December and receive the funds by the beginning of January 2019.

Above: The Bristol to Dublin bike ride raised £230,000 for The Light Fund.
Above: The Bristol to Dublin bike ride raised £230,000 for The Light Fund.

It’s been a record year for fundraising activities for The Light Fund, as a staggering £230,000 was raised as a result of a 325-mile cycle ride from Bristol to Dublin in June. Among the 70 riders were Danilo’s licensing director Dan Grant, PG’s director, Ian Hyder as well as Pyramid’s Robert Ling, Charlotte Robertshaw and Michael Lipman.

Top: Paperlink’s Frankie Ellis won the first prize of £500 of Trailfinders vouchers (donated by Cardzone), presented by ‘Flock of Seagulls’ Jim Bullough.

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