31.08.2008 - GoodyBurrett LLP rise to the challenge for charity

ELEVEN staff and family overcame atrocious weather conditions and a fatality to raise £8,400 for charity after scaling the UK.s three highest mountains in 24 hours. We raised the money for the firm.s adopted charity of 2008, the Anthony Nolan Trust, after completing the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge.The challenge involved climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales . a combined height of 4,492 metres . in 24 hours.

The 11-strong team, five women and six men aged between 20 and 60, completed the challenge unscathed save some very aching limbs, but their adventure was not without incident. A climber in a nearby group collapsed and died from a heart attack. Managing Partner, Bryan Johnston, said: .My formative years were spent in the Army but I can honestly say this is one of the most gruelling things I have ever experienced. One of the mountain guides on Scafell Pike said it was the worst conditions he had known. The wind and rain were incessant and there was more than one occasion when I and others felt like calling it a day..However, we stuck with it and managed to complete the challenge. We.ve been in training since January but as we don.t have too many mountains in Essex, a number of the team visited Snowdon and Scafell Pike to get in some practice. I think it was well worth it..

Goody Burrett handles private and commercial work and has specialist teams dealing with commercial, property, wills, trust and probate, criminal, family and litigation. Last month, the firm was awarded Lexcel, the Law Society quality mark.

The 11 climbers were Bryan Johnston, Howard Johnston, Wendy Martin, Donna Williams, Anna Morley, Daniel Cross, Ayesha Brown and Sue Mullis who all live in Colchester, Andrew Cordle of Halstead, Robert Macaulay of Thorpe le Soken and Robert Everett of Earls Colne.

Anyone who would like to support the team.s fund-raising efforts can do so by going to www.justgiving.com/goodyburrettllp

Did you know..?

The current Inheritance Tax Threshold is £325,000