Reeds Relay | Miles For Macmillan

23 May, 2018


To mark our 140th anniversary we have decided to take on an ambitious 140-mile relay around Cumbria. The event will be over 7 days in July, Monday 2nd – Friday 7th then Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th. In total, 22 members of staff – 50% of our workforce, will take part in a challenging route around Cumbria, covering mountains and terrains at all levels.

Starting at our office and factory on Southend Road in Penrith, the route heads up to Carlisle, to visit our parent and sister companies at H&H Group, then through Borrowdale and Keswick. We will then be making a pit stop at our Milnthorpe office and factory.

Next our route takes us up to Kendal and Ullswater before the final leg back to H&H Reeds Printers in Penrith. Organised as a relay, it begins with a 10-mile run and followed by a mixture of cycling, and walking, as we have a range of athletes in our team!

In addition to marking a major milestone, the relay is also supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity who are there right from the moment someone is diagnosed, through the treatment and beyond. With cancer affecting 1 in 2 of us in our lifetime, it is a cause close to so many people’s hearts. This charity offered tremendous care to one of our longest serving members of staff, Malcolm Warwick, who sadly passed away in 2006.

Announcing details, Andy Jackson, H&H Reeds Printers Managing Director, who will be cycling on the first day, gives further background to this milestone and fundraising event: “We have had a really good response from staff who’ve put themselves forward for different sections of the route, which is great. Most will be walking but some will be running and some will be cycling. The plan is to cover 140 miles around Cumbria, also popping in to see those along the route who have supported us over the years, our clients, colleagues and sister companies.”

“Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support was a natural choice and a joint staff decision. We felt it was a fitting way to highlight the company’s long history in Cumbria and to give something back to a charity which offered great support to Malcolm and his family”, says Andy.

During the last 140 years, we have evolved as a business has evolved to meet an ever-changing market, introducing new technology and acquiring a signage and digital print company along the way. However, one thing which has not changed is the continuous commitment, customer care and support from all of our staff.


Some members of the Reeds Relay Team
Members of the Reeds Relay Team


Looking forward to her part of the challenge, newest member of staff, Molly Blackburn said: “I have only been with the company for nine months, however, I can honestly say that I have been welcomed into the H&H Reeds family with open arms. I am part of a fantastic team, who are all passionate about the work we do, and I can truly understand why H&H Reeds Printers is such a well known and respected Cumbrian business.

“The relay is a huge team effort, and it is with some trepidation that I am looking forward to completing my section, which is a nine and a half mile run from our Head Office, via the original King Street location to Hutton End.”

Malcolm who died aged 66, was one of three generations to have worked at H&H Reeds Printers. His step-father, Syd Thornton, was the Works Manager, and Malcolm’s son, David Warwick, currently works in the plate room and is responsible for the company’s paper store.


You can donate to Macmillian Cancer Support for Reeds Relay via their JustGiving page at:


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