A premature baby and a heart scare is encouraging a team of Blackpool solicitors to walk 50 miles for charity.

The intrepid challengers from Blackhurst Budd Solicitors are discarding their suits and briefcases in favour of walking boots and waterproofs to raise funds for MedEquip4Kids.

Trek50 challenges teams to trek 50 miles around the Lancashire and Yorkshire border in under 24 hours. The challenge takes in The Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway and sees walkers climb the equivalent height of Snowdon and Ben Nevis.

Trainee solicitor Iain Blundell has organised the Blackhurst Budd team after he learned of MedEquip4Kids when his daughter Chloe, now aged two, was born one month prematurely.

Chloe did not require specialist care but Iain was made aware of the importance of the charity which raises money for paediatric medical equipment and facilities and helps children and families in times of illness or injury.

Iain, 30, said: “This is a really good charity to raise money for as it helps hospitals across the North West including Blackpool Victoria and for me, from a personal point of view, I have seen what good this charity does and how vital it is for people.

“It’s also one of those charities that you don’t tend to hear about until you need them so hopefully, not only are we helping raise money, but our fund-raising should also help raise its profile too.”

Three other solicitors from Blackhurst Budd, based in Edward Street, will join Iain on the trek: Katy Shakeshaft, 25, Faye Harper, 36, and Janine Cato, 33. Colleagues Caron Bridston and Jim Egan will be on stand-by should they need to step in on the day.

And for 53-year-old Caron it is a very personal challenge as she suffered a heart attack last year and has been determined to increase her fitness.

Caron said: “It’s actually the anniversary of my heart attack the day after the Trek 50 so I’m pleased to be taking part in something so positive a year on.

“I have always led a relatively active lifestyle but I think this was the warning sign last year to slow down in some areas and make improvements elsewhere.

“I’ve done this and a year on I feel absolutely fine. Of course Trek 50 is going to be a challenge and I think we are all looking forward to it with a certain amount of trepidation but it is for such a good cause so we are just hoping to get as much support as possible.”

Trek 50, which is organised by Action for Charity and Dream Challenges, takes place on June 21 with all money raised going to MedEquip4Kids.

This is the latest Blackhurst Budd fund-raising initiative and is part of the firm’s continued commitment to charitable causes.

Iain added: “A team of us have done the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride and the Trinity Hospice Ride in the past which together raised more than £2,500. We do think it’s very important that we support the community we live and work in as much as possible.”

To sponsor the Blackhurst Budd Trek 50 team or to find out more about the challenge go to www.JustGiving.com/BBTrek50. Alternatively you can donate easily by simply texting BUDD50 followed by your amount to 70070 eg. BUDD50 £5.

Blackhurst Budd’s Trek 50 challenge is being supported throughout the community with particular help from Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Atlas Sailing, Fins Scuba, West Coast Rock Café, The Bedford Hotel, Lush Preston, Illuminasia and Ski Rossendale who have all donated prizes to help with the fundraising effort.

Article featured in The Gazette - 09/06/14