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Withering Thighs trek raises more than £13,000 for Cardgains’ charity appeal

AN APPEARANCE by Cyril Service himself, more than 56,000 steps, plenty of blisters and many beautiful views, missing red arrows, unscheduled shopping and a few interesting detours marked the latest Cardgains’ charity challenge.

There were 33 hardy souls who started the 25-mile Withering Thighs walk around Bronte country in Yorkshire today (June 25) and all but two completed the trek – with a few adding even more to the average 56,000 steps as they accidentally went the wrong way.
It really wasn’t their fault as some of the directional red arrows Cyril had carefully placed around the course seemed to have gone missing!
Greetings Today editor Tracey Bearton’s dodgy ankle kicked in again, and Paperlink sales director Bill Greeno’s bad knees meant they only did the first eight-mile stretch and final five miles, managing an unscheduled shopping stop in gorgeous Haworth while the hardier bods hit the Moors proper.
Their shortened walk meant Tracey and Bill technically arrived at the finish point first but the actual leaders were Cardgains’ member Hamdy Shahein, Cardgains’ joint MD Steve Grocott, i2i Events' Nick Davison and Chris Houfe from Great British Card Company (pictured) who finished in under eight hours including all stops – impressive stuff!
Everyone then thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations at the Golden Fleece in Harden where Cardgains’ joint MD Chris Dyson thanked everyone for taking part – and wife Denise for giving up their 32nd wedding anniversary celebrations to support the challenge yet again, and Cyril Service put in a personal appearance.
Pictures ae on the Greetings Today Facebook page  – if anyone has any they took on the day, please email them to so they can be added to the folder.
So far the total raised is more than £13,000 towards this year’s target of £25,000 for the Calvert Trust, which enables youngsters with disabilities enjoy adventure holidays – if you've already donated, thank you, if not there's still time e at
The support team of Neil and Pat Hirst, Louse Isherwood, Cummo, Denise Dyson and Magda Pintilie ensured all walkers were kept fed, watered and safe.

The full list of walkers is:
Nick Carey Abacus Cards
Andy Smart Amscan
Chris Smalley Amscan
Jim Young Amscan
Penny Shaw Cardgains
Chris Dyson Cardgains
Jim Girvan Cardgains
Steve Grocott Cardgains
Caroline Thompson Cardgains
Grace Elphinstone Carte Blanche
Ben Quance Carte Blanche
Lee Nelson Carte Blanche
Emily Wong Carte Blanche
Chaye'Lee McQuade Doodle Press
Samantha Hawkins Enesco
John Brown Enesco
Chris Houfe GBCC
Tierney Spence Greetings Today
Tracey Bearton Greetings Today
Richard Marsden History & Heraldry
Nick Davison i2i Events
Jessica Dawnay i2i Events
Matthew Mein i2i Events
Hamdy Shahein Cardgains Member, Hamdy’s News
Nigel Williamson Cardgains Member, House Of Cards
Bill Greeno Paperlink
Anna Bubnova Pioneer
Mark Drury Pioneer
Michelle Comerford Pioneer
Peter Fitzpatrick Showcase Greetings
Ian Powis Tisa Solutions
Tony Roberts UK Greetings
Carl Salt Words ’n’ Wishes


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