Flags manufactured by a south coast firm have made their way across the North Pole thanks to Kevin Sheppard’s successful completion of a challenging race to raise money and awareness for a children’s bereavement charity.
Hampshire Flag supported the 39 year old from Gloucestershire’s ambitious 350 mile race across the High Arctic to the Magnetic North, which took him 15 days, by donating three flags to help raise money and awareness of the charity Winston’s Wish and for Kevin to take on the expedition.
As one of only 42 who took part in last month’s race, Kevin had to pull his sledge across frozen wastelands battling against severe storms and High winds reaching and at times 35mph. Also having to navigate with the visibility as low as 20-30ft whilst in a operating in a complete whiteout.
The leading flag manufacturer has supported Kevin’s mission from the outset by providing three bespoke 68 x 38cm flags; two featuring the Team Sheppard/ Winston’s Wish logos and one for another of Kevin’s sponsors, R&H Interiors.
Kevin said, “I am ecstatic to have completed what was the most challenging 15 days of my life. The conditions were far harsher than I had ever imagined and I lost eight kilos in weight, trekking for up to 23 hours a day to ensure I reached the finish line on time.
“Knowing I was raising money and awareness for Winston’s Wish however was all the motivation and encouragement I needed to press on. Flying the flags at the North Pole was emotional and much dreamed about and I really appreciate Hampshire Flag for making this a reality,” added Kevin.
Kevin lost his brother 27 years ago due to a motorbike accident when he was just 13 so Winston’s Wish, a leading authority in childhood bereavement, is a charity close to his heart. He aims to inspire young children from all backgrounds to achieve their own aspirations, goals and ambitions through Team Sheppard.
Hampshire Flag’s Managing Director Graham Wilkinson said, “We are delighted that Kevin has successfully and safely accomplished his incredible mission. The entire Hampshire Flag team congratulates him and it is wonderful to think that our flags have travelled so far, and for such a worthwhile caused.”
The multi-award winning firm has a team of 21 and produces hand-sewn national and international flags and digitally printed banners. The Waterlooville company also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.
Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. Hampshire Flag supports various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans, Gumboots and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.