Ian Downes' 24 hour HikeForCal challenge raises over £6,400 for UK charity Mind

Downes and Warner Bros' Paul Bufton hiked 40 miles across Cornwall as they and Sanrio's Simon Gresswell raise money for the mental health charity Mind.
Publish date:
hike downes

Start Licensing’s Ian Downes, with the help of Warner’s Paul Bufton and Sanrio’s Simon Gresswell, have raised over £6,400 for the UK charity Mind, having undertaken a 24 hour hike across Cornwall.

The trio embarked on epic fundraising Hike For Cal mission to raise money for the mental health charity organisation as part of an event that altogether totalled over £35,000.

Downes, Bufton and Gresswell received an outpouring of support from industry friends as they undertook the challenge to walk non-stop, 40 miles across Cornwall over the weekend. The three surpassed their original fundraising goal of £5000.

The walk was completed in memory of Ian Downes’ son, Calum, who passed away in 2015 aged 19. The money raised will go to Mind, a charity that provides care and help for those with mental health issues.

In a tweet detailing the walk as an “emotional but rewarding way to remember Calum,” Downes, alongside Bufton and Gresswell, have thanked all those who donated for their support.

In the lead up to the Hike, Downes said: “Calum was much loved by his family and wide circle of friends at home and at University and his death was a great shock to us. Whilst everyone is still struggling to understand why Calum left us, his friends and family want to remember him in a positive way and try to nurture their love for him by fundraising in his memory.

“Myself and Simon completed the Hike last year and are delighted that Paul is joining us this year. We hope our participation will help raise valuable funds while shining a light on mental health issues and personal well-being.

“Licensing is a close-knit community but you never know what challenges people are facing.”


ian downes

Downes to Earth: The rise and rise of Ian Downes and Start Licensing

He's a multi-award winning licensing industry mainstay and one of the nicest blokes it's ever produced. For Start Licensing, business is booming with the likes of The Beano, Claude and TV's Nadiya Hussain continuing to roll out impressive licensing programmes. So it seems the right time for Ian Downes to take a look at industry consultancy.

Featured Jobs

Rainbow logo landscape_home of classic Final

Product Manager

Rainbow Designs Ltd I Olympia, London I Salary: Competitive I Date Published Wednesday 16th January 2019