With the walk just 5 weeks away, the Trek50 Team at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors are gearing up for the big day!
The team has now completed many miles of training, walking through wind and rain (and occasional sunshine), and are almost ready for the mammoth task ahead of them. The first group training walk took the five-strong team from Blackpool’s famous North Pier up the Fylde Coast to Fleetwood. This was an 18 mile round trip, taking in the sights of Bispham, Cleveleys and Fleetwood, and took the team just under 6 hours.
Setting their sights slightly higher, the team then took on the Preston Guild Wheel on Saturday night, 10th May. This is a 21 mile circular route (largely cycle paths and quit roads) around Preston and took the team just over 6 hours. Unfortunately, there were casualties and two members of the team didn’t complete the route – a taxi was needed for the final 3 miles! Following this ‘hiccup’, the team has arranged a further group training walk, to take place on part of the Trek50 route. This should give the team a real measure of how tough the challenge is that they are facing. A further update will follow once this last training session has taken place.
Fundraising has also continued at pace. The team has raised almost half of their original £2,000 target and are confident of exceeding that figure. One recent fundraising event was a raffle held at Blackhurst Budd’s Edward Street office. This was made possible by the generous support of local businesses, who donated the prizes and enabled all the ticket sale proceeds to go directly to the charity. Huge thanks are due to Atlas Sailing, Fins Scuba, The Bedford Hotel, Illuminasia, The West Coast Rock Café, LUSH Preston and Forever Home Interiors.
Finally, the members of the team wish to place on record their thanks to the Directors at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, who have supported this endeavour from the outset. The Firm has actively supported the team members’ training, kindly donated £500 as a prize for a recent competition and even offered a ‘Day Off Work Voucher’ as a raffle prize!
If you would like to support the team, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/BBTrek50