Slater Heelis takes on Welsh 3000s challenge to raise money for Henshaws (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Slater Heelis takes on Welsh 3000s challenge to raise money for Henshaws
6:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
SALE-based law firm Slater Heelis Solicitors LLP is helping Henshaws Society for Blind People by taking part in the gruelling Welsh 3000s challenge in September.
Slater Heelis Partner Chris Partington, Eric Lunt and Richard Hughes are aiming to raise several thousand pounds by completing the challenge to reach the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours - and without using any form of transport.
The Welsh 3000s Challenge is approximately 24 miles, but the walks to the start point and down from the finish point can take it to over 30 miles in total. The climb is very rocky and demanding and is only suitable for very fit and experienced mountain walkers and one peak, Crib Goch, is very exposed and has claimed several lives.
Chris, whose 15 year old niece Beth Arnold is partially sighted, said: “The work that Henshaws do for children and their families is invaluable and it’s incredible to see the impact that their support can have on so many lives. “We have a very special relationship with Henshaws and are proud to be taking on this challenge to help them to continue to carry out their amazing work.”
The money raised by Chris’s team will help children like Lexi, one of Henshaws youngest service users at two and a half years old who has been visiting the Children & Families service since she was just a year old.
Lexi has optic nerve hypoplasia, which means her optic nerve is underdeveloped. There is no cure and she will need support for the rest of her life. Henshaws offer support for Lexi and her family that include giving her access to specially adapted toys and equipment, providing emotional support and advice and putting them in touch with other people who are going through the same thing.
The fundraising initiative is the latest step in a long relationship between Slater Heelis and Old Trafford-based Henshaws which began in 1807 when the law firm drafted Thomas Henshaw’s will, followed by a final codicil in 1809.
The 70-strong firm has dealt with a number of early donations and bequests to Henshaws, dating back to the 1860s, and continues to support the charity with fundraising and donations today.
The team has also set up a Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Christopher-Partington1.
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