On 22nd July members of St John’s Chambers are undertaking the TrailWalker Challenge 2016. Described as an “unforgettable endurance challenge”, the event raises money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Ben Handy, of our Personal Injury team, Charlie Newington-Bridges, Adam Boyle and Joss Knight of our Commercial and Chancery team will trek 100 km in 30 hours. This event is a physical and mental challenge which Ben Handy, organiser of the St John’s Chambers team, has previously experienced, “I tried the Oxfam’s Trailtrekker a few years ago (a similar challenge to TrailWalker only in the Pennines) and I had to pull out at 65km, so I can vouch for how hard this will be.”
The motivation behind this challenge is the two excellent charities “The opportunity to raise money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust is a big attraction, we hope to raise at least £1,400 and hopefully more which will be put to very good use by the two charities.” Says Ben. Oxfam works in over 90 countries, fighting poverty by responding to emergencies, through development projects and campaigns to tackle the root causes.
Please visit the teams JustGiving page to donate: www.justgiving.com/StJohnsChambersBloodSweatAndCheers
Trailwalker also raises money for The Gurkha Welfare Trust, which was founded in 1969 when it was realised that thousands of ex-Gurkha servicemen and their widows were living in destitution in the hill villages of Nepal. Today, The Gurkha Welfare Trust is working in both Nepal and the UK. The focus of its work is caring for the elderly Gurkha soldiers and their widows in Nepal who are dependent on the Trust for a dignified secure old age. It provides a monthly Welfare Pension, a Winter Fuel Allowance and emergency Hardship grants. It also looks after all their medical needs, from GP care to long-term hospital treatment.
“This trek presents a great opportunity to have fun with a few friends…the fact that it’s all for a great cause makes it even better”, says Adam. Joss, who grew up in the Lake District and has always enjoyed walking is looking forward to the “physical and mental challenge”.
The team are now well into their training programme with individuals taking part in Marathons this year in preparation and as a team they are making the most of every opportunity to go running, swimming and walking in the hills. Charlie is also enlisting the help of his children “I have three small children who put me under constant pressure to run around the garden so they will be helping with my training.”
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Clerk, Adam Marston ,will be supporting the team by following them around the South Downs by car on their 30 hour trek