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Cardgains Charity Challenge beats £10,000 target for Sue Ryder’s work


THIRTY hardy souls completed this year’s Cardgains Charity Challenge marking the buying group’s 30th anniversary and raising £10,000 for charity in the process of the 30-mile trek.

“The walkers included 13 challenge virgins,” Cardgains’ joint MD Chris Dyson said, “plus a few who have taken part, and conquered, all the challenges over the past 21 years we’ve been organising them.”
With walk times between 9½ and 11 hours along the North Yorkshire Moors route around Harrogate and Leeds – and a number of trekkers added to their blisters and aching limbs with a few extra miles after going the wrong way, but it was all washed away at the celebration dinner after the challenge last Thursday, June 20.
Having already passed their £10,000 target for Sue Ryder, the charity who provide palliative, neurological and bereavement support, further donations for the Almscliffe Anniversary Amble will still be gratefully accepted at
Chris added: “Obviously, this was a very special event as part of our 30th anniversary year. It was fantastic to see so many new younger faces joining in as some of the Cardgains team have been taking part in every event for the past 21 years and these major challengers don’t get any easier!
“Following a genuine tough 30-mile challenge, we still kept hearing the famous six little words ‘what are we doing next year’! What a great industry of hardy focused committed people we have.
“On behalf of Cardgains I’d like to personally thank everyone who took part, all the people in the support team who looked after us and everyone who generously sponsored people.”
Multiple-challenger Richard Marsden, of Eco-Chic, added: “Yes, it’s a tough day, as I heard Chris Dyson once bark at someone ‘it’s called the bloody Cardgains Challenge for a reason’, but it is bloody good fun
“What more could you ask of a day out? Gently meandering over 30 miles, chatting with old friends, meeting new ones, witnessing fantastic scenery, while raising money for a wonderful cause we’re all lucky enough not to need.”
The walkers included people from Great British Card Co, Pioneer Europe, Spring & Autumn Fair, retailers and members of the Cardgains team.
Abacus’ national sales manager Nat Hitchcock was to be found laying down on the job at the end, and Cherry Orchard MD Jackie Collins said: “It was a tough but stunningly beautiful 30 miles made easier by great people, the type you'd want to be around in any circumstances.
“My companions were die-hard strong and not a moan or groan from anyone, very impressed and we’ve all come away with a feeling of satisfaction and fondness.”

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