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Geoff Major’s fundraising event at Harrogate Bar & Grill on 3/11 to raise funds for his ‘North Pole Trek’

As you may have seen on a previous blog post SMileS is actively helping Geoff Major with his fundraising efforts for his ‘North Pole Trek’. Geoff sent us the below email telling the SMileS team all about how his fundraising is going and what he’s been upto. 

Dear lovely people

Well I raced to £10 000 collected and committed overall, but July-September inclusive has raised about £250 so I’m focusing my efforts on 5 things January-March 2012 …. except I’d like to fill all 80 seats at Harrogate restaurant Bar & Gril on the night of Thursday 3rd November.

If you are interested in attending and supporting the charities I’m fundraising for, please let me know and please can you forward this to any of your friends who may also be interested. All attendees will be getting a great deal for their money thanks to the kindness of the Individual Restaurant Company (owners of RB&G amongst others).

I’ll be looking to fill as many seats as I can as well. I sold 65 tickets all by myself for the event at Zinc in Manchester and I’ll be darned if 2011 is going to end like a damp squib!!

My training is into a new phase where miles wearing the new winter training gear is the key and my first group training event is next weekend on Dartmoor, soon to be followed by my first attempt to drag the sled weight for 9 miles a day 8 days in a row at the end of November.

The children’s cancer charity Candlelighters have already sold a handful and are turning out in ‘charity’ colours; let’s make it a truly colorful event.

Thanks and the dream of £100 000 isn’t dead yet and nor will I be if I continue to increasingly dedicate myself to training (much to my girlfriends’ delight and relief).


If your interested in attending any events Geoff is holding to helping raise funds for his trek then make sure you keep up-to-date by following him on Twitter @northpoletrek.

Take a look at this poster to find out all the details you need to know about Geoff’s next event at Harrogate Bar & Grill poster designed by Howard Rushfirth. SMileS highly recommend Rushfirth Creative they do fantastic designs and are very good at meeting your deign requirements…. please take a look at their website to see more of Rushfirth Creative design work.

Geoff v The Mountain

Howard Rushfirth produced this to support and help advertise Geoff Shepherd's trek to the mountain

Geoff is a founder of the Yorkshire Mafia networking group. The YM networking group has become a very influential and important group with many of the members benefiting from the contacts they meet at the events which result in significant business deals. One main factor which has contributed to the achievement of this networking event is Geoff’s enthusiasm and passion which he puts into making each YM event a triumph.

Geoff’s now taking this energy and channelling it to help the CandleLighters Charity. Candlelighters is a charity formed and run by parents of children who have or have had cancer, ex-patients and the medical staff who treat them. Candlelighters provide essential services and support to children with cancer and their families.

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Geoff Major’s trek to the North Pole

Businessman turned adventurer Geoff Major is embarking on an extraordinary expedition – braving polar bears, thin ice and temperatures of -35°C on his way to the North Pole. All this to raise £100,000 for charity. Here are the 4 facts you need to know about his trek to the North Pole. And you can follow Geoff’s ‘North Pole Trek’ on ‘Twitter’ @northpoletrek  & on his ‘Blog’.

1. Geoff will be part of a group of up to 8 individuals all trying to raise money for charities of their choice. There will be a professional trek lead to manage us all and he’ll have a flare gun to scare polar bears away with.

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