Slater Heelis takes on Welsh 3000 challenge to raise money for Henshaws

24 hour challenge will help visually impaired people in Manchester 

Sale based law firm Slater Heelis Solicitors LLP is helping Henshaws Society for Blind People  by taking part in the gruelling Welsh 3000s challenge on 1st August 2014. Slater Heelis Partner Chris Partington, together with Eric Lunt and Head of IT Richard Hughes are aiming to raise several thousand pounds by completing the challenge to reach the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours and without using any form of transport.

The Welsh 3000s Challenge is approximately 24 miles, but the walks to the start point and down from the finish point can take it to over 30 miles in total. The climb is very rocky and demanding and is only suitable for very fit and experienced mountain walkers and one peak, Crib Goch, is very exposed and has claimed several lives. The team’s Just Giving page is now live at  or donations to Henshaws can be made by text message by texting the code HENS70 with an amount of your choosing e.g. HENS70 £10 to 70070.

Henshaws is a specialist charity providing expert support, advice and training to anyone affected by sight loss. The money raised by Chris’s team will help to fund Henshaws Independent Matters courses which encourage the development of independent living skills by training people using Braille, IT, work placements and iPad and iPhone education programmes.

Chris Partington, whose 17 year old niece Beth Arnold is partially sighted, said: “The work that Henshaws do is invaluable and we are proud to be using this fundraising challenge to build on the special relationship between the two organisations which goes back more than 200 years. The technology and training we hope to be able to fund by doing this challenge will have a hugely profound and positive impact on the lives of people who are blind and partially sighted that Henshaws help. It will increase the service users independence, help them to learn new skills and improve their connectivity with the wider world.”

Henshaws technology courses are benefitting people like Michael who has glaucoma and two cataracts and is finding his sight difficult to manage. He found the introduction to iPad course truly life changing: “Having an iPad has saved my life. I’m an ex academic; I need to read books and there came a time when I couldn’t read any of my books. I have now bought them all again as e-books and can read them on my iPad. I can read books, papers, things I write and emails on the iPad, I was using a magnifier glass with my iPad but I have now been shown how to zoom the screen, a feature that I didn’t know about before. I am looking forward to learning how to use more features and applications.”

The Welsh 3000s fundraising initiative is the latest step in a long relationship between Slater Heelis and Henshaws which began in 1807 when the law firm drafted Thomas Henshaw’s Will, followed by a final codicil in 1809 establishing the charity. The firm has dealt with a number of early donations and bequests to Henshaws, dating back to the 1860s, and continues to support the charity with fundraising and donations today.