Shropshire RCC chairman completes Longmynd 50 challenge
15th Oct, 2018
Shropshire RCC's chairman and his son battled against wind, rain and high terrain to raise over £1,600 in sponsorship.
Hugh Strickland, a partner at Shrewsbury law firm Aaron & Partners, along with his 18-year-old son Johnny, tackled a gruelling 50 mile hike through the Shropshire hills, overcoming eight summits and climbing over 8,000 feet.
The duo raised cash for the RCC's Shropshire Community Fund, which provides grants to help community organisations deliver their activities.
Whilst leading Aaron & Partners' banking and finance work for corporate clients, Hugh has also chaired the RCC for over three years. He said: "Small volunteer-led groups in the area are the backbone of the Shropshire community. From organising activities for vulnerable people to looking after local heritage sights, these groups are often run by volunteers and rely on support to keep them running, often struggling to compete against much larger organisations.
"That's why I'm so proud to be a part of the Shropshire Rural Community Charity. Johnny and I were really pleased to raise awareness and vital funds for such a wonderful organisation and we're enormously grateful for those who very kindly sponsored us. It really helped us to keep going – especially through the night-time hours."
Around 540 fundraisers took part in the challenge, with 120 forced to withdraw before completing the trek. The pair completed the hike in under 14 hours and crossed the finish line at 3am.
Hugh's son Johnny was also awarded the Junior Staff for being the fastest 18-20-year-old to complete the challenge and will have his name engraved on the staff.
If you would like to donate to Hugh and Johnny's page, you can do so here.
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