Trainee group complete Paddle the Bann challenge


An ambitious canoeing challenge set by trainee solicitors from Sintons has raised significant sums for charity after its successful completion.

The 11-strong trainee group took on the Paddle the Bann challenge, a two-day 58km course from Lough Neagh in Ireland to Coleraine on the coast of the Atlantic, last week.

Having been postponed in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the group have now been able to undertake the challenge, and completed it within 48 hours.

It has helped to generate further vital funds for Sintons’ nominated staff charity, The People’s Kitchen, which is the focus of the firm’s fundraising for two years.

Paddle the Bann is the latest gruelling physical challenge to be set by Sintons’ trainee group – which comprises trainee solicitors and solicitor apprentices – and has become a much-anticipated annual event within the firm.

Previous challenges have collectively raised thousands of pounds for an array of much-loved regional charities, and have included the 136-mile Coast to Coast cycle trek from Whitehaven to Tynemouth; the Three Peaks Challenge of scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon – a combined height of 3,408 metres – and the 140-mile Port2Port expedition, a three-day cycling route from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

Last year, the trainee group completed the St Cuthbert’s Way route, a challenging 32-mile walk over two days from Kirk Yetholm to Holy Island, which was adapted to accommodate the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time.

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, said: “Our trainee group is now renowned for its willingness to take on ambitious and very challenging fundraising initiatives, and this year was no different.

“I know the training and preparation that went into this from all 11 of our participants, and we all send our congratulations to them on the successful completion of yet another trainee challenge, as well as our thanks for the very significant sums they have raised so far for The People’s Kitchen.

“Trainee challenges are a very important part of the development of our trainee group, and play a key role in helping to build strong working relationships within the firm, adding further to the excellent dynamic among our staff for which we are known.

“Many thanks also to everyone who has given so generously to our trainees’ fundraising.”

To add your support to the trainees’ Paddle the Bann challenge, in aid of The People’s Kitchen, please click here.


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