Hugh Strickland, a Partner at law firm Aaron & Partners, walked more than 50 miles through the Shropshire hills with his 18-year-old son

Pair faced wind, rain and an 8,500-foot climb to raise funds for community groups in the area

A partner at Shrewsbury law firm, Aaron & Partners battled against wind, rain and high terrain to raise over £1,400 for the Shropshire Rural Community Charity (RCC).

Corporate finance solicitor and RCC chairman Hugh Strickland 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 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.

To donate to Hugh and Johnny’s page, visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hughstricklandlongmynd50

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