Uphill task as Tunbridge Wells lawyers hike all the way across Wales

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Ten lawyers from Tunbridge Wells firm Thomson Snell & Passmore took part in the Cross Wales Challenge on June 25-26 in order to raise funds for the firm’s nominated charities, the Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre and Mind UK.

The 50-mile walk across the full width of mid-Wales started at Anchor Bridge on the border with England and ended up on the coast at Aberystwyth. It took the hikers two full days of 12 hours’ walking to cover the distance.

Along the way they had to contend with driving rain, dense hill fog, endless bogs and slippery river crossings, as well as bulls and herds of protective cows with calves blocking the route.

The local lawyers raised £6,500 for the two charities, and demonstrated what teamwork and commitment can achieve in the process.

Chris Kirby-Turner, Senior Associate at Thomson Snell & Passmore, who organised the event with James Cahan, said: “The team put in a fantastic effort, with everybody completing two days of difficult terrain – made all the more of a challenge by a thorough drenching on day two.

“Everyone kept in good spirits throughout, given the satisfaction of walking across a whole county, and more importantly knowing we’d raised an impressive sum to support the work of our two fantastic partner charities.”

The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre is a charity based in Tunbridge Wells which offers emotional and physical support to people who have cancer and their families. For more details, visit www.pickeringcancercentre.org.uk

Mind UK is a national mental health charity which provides support for those suffering from mental health problems. Visit www.mind.org.uk

If you would like to sponsor the team, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CrossWales

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