Trainees launch Paddle the Bann challenge after COVID cancellation


An ambitious fundraising challenge which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 is now being launched by Sintonstrainee group.

Each year, the law firm’s thriving group of young lawyers choose a gruelling physical task for the now-renowned Trainee Challenge, which routinely raises significant sums for Sintons’ nominated charity.

The challenge scheduled for 2020 – Paddle the Bann, a two-day 58km canoeing expedition from Lough Neagh in Ireland to Coleraine on the coast of the Atlantic – had to be postponed after falling victim to pandemic restrictions.

However, it has now been revived for 2022 by the 11-strong trainee group, which comprises graduate trainee solicitors and solicitor apprentices.

The 2022 Trainee Challenge will raise funds for Sintons’ staff charity The People’s Kitchen, which will be the focus of the firm’s fundraising for two years.

Previous challenges have raised thousands of pounds for an array of much-loved regional causes, 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 able to be completed within the COVID restrictions in place at that time.

Christopher Welch, managing partner of Sintons, said: “Our Trainee Challenges are now an established part of life at Sintons, and give our thriving group of young lawyers the opportunity to challenge themselves, build relationships and raise vital funds for our staff charity.

“It was very unfortunate, although entirely understandable, that the Paddle the Bann challenge could not take place in 2020, but testament to the determination of our trainee group that it has been revived at the first opportunity.

“This will be our trainees’ first water-based challenge, which proves they are willing to go well out of their comfort zones in the name of fundraising. Our young lawyers are already working very hard in combining their legal training with studies, so to add in a physical challenge of this nature is a reflection of their commitment.”

* To support Sintons’ Trainee Challenge with a donation to The People’s Kicthen, please click here.


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