Peak District Challenge 2019

22nd November 2019 Clinical Negligence

On Saturday 21st September, I took part in the Peak District Challenge alongside Sarah Wilkinson, Eddie Jones and Hannah Madkour in aid of the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT). Sarah, Hannah and I took on the Bronze challenge which involved walking a gruelling 50km (just over 31 miles), self-navigating ourselves through the depths of the peak district. Eddie Jones completed the Copper challenge of 25km (approximately 15.5 miles), joining a team from Sintons Law.

The challenge raised an incredible £11,000 for CBIT with our team of 4 raising a whopping £1,790 + gift aid. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who generously donated to the challenge, it really helped to keep us going on the day, seeing the donations rolling in and reminding us that the blisters were worth it!

We chose to raise money for CBIT as it is a fantastic charity which provides emotional and practical support, information and learning opportunities for families and professionals affected by childhood acquired brain injury across the UK. Within the clinical negligence department at JMW Solicitors, we specialise in brain injury cases and through this we meet many children who have suffered brain injuries. CBIT is a charity close to our hearts as we see first-hand the vital support that it offers to the families and children that we work with.

Every year, thousands of children suffer brain injuries, and thousands of parents contact CBIT for support on the challenges that lie ahead. Brain injuries can be caused by a multitude of things including birth injuries, accidents, illnesses and tumours. As well as supporting parents and professionals dealing with children who have acquired brain injuries, CBIT also works closely with children and young people to help them understand what has happened to them. Both the clinical negligence department and personal injury department at JMW work closely with CBIT, referring clients on where additional support is needed and also helping to bring claims on behalf of people who have sought help from CBIT.

We completed the challenge in just under 13 hours having walked approximately 57k/ 35 miles (due to a few wrong turns) and were relieved to arrive at the finish line. We were all exhausted and our feet were covered in blisters from the longest walk any of us had ever done, however, we were all extremely proud of our achievement and the vital funds raised for CBIT.

Our fundraising page has now closed for this Challenge, however, please do look out for further challenged happening in the near future.

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