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Community Resource CEO begins gruelling six-day walking challenge

Published: 5th May, 2022

Community Resource CEO begins gruelling six-day walking challenge


Community Resource CEO Julia Baron has started her fundraising challenge to walk almost 70 miles along the Shropshire Way over six days.

Julia, who is stepping down after 22 years at the helm, kicked off her epic trail at 10am, Wednesday 4 May from Kingsland Bridge in Shrewsbury, and will finish in Whitchurch the following week.

Julia will be walking around 10-to-15 miles a day, stopping off at organisations and services that have been supported Community Resource. She will also be joined on different stages of the route by local people who have been helped by or worked with the charity.

After setting off surrounded by colleagues and well-wishers, Julia passed a ‘cheer squad’ made up of children from Meole Brace C of E Primary School, then visited Bayston Hill Memorial Hall and Condover Village Hall. She finished the day at Dorrington Village Hall at around 4pm.

Julia said: “I’ve had a great start to the challenge and have really felt the support from people willing me on my way. It has been particularly heartening to be welcomed in by some local village halls, as offering support to them is service the charity has provided for many years.”

Allan Caswell, from Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Julia and her walking companions on the first day of her challenge. The guidance we’ve received from Community Resource over the years has helped us immensely and we will certainly miss Julia once she retires! We wish her the best of luck with the rest of her walk.”

Other stops on Julia’s journey include Bishop’s Castle Foodbank, the National Trust’s Sunnycroft and the Lyneal Trust in Ellesmere. She will cross the finish line at Tilstock Bradbury Village Hall, Whitchurch, on Wednesday 11 May.

Here are the details of the full route: 

  • Wednesday 4 May – Shrewsbury to Dorrington
  • Thursday 5 May – Oswestry
  • Friday 6 May – Haughmond to Wem
  • Monday 9 May – Ironbridge to Wellington
  • Tuesday 10 May – Bishop’s Castle to Clun
  • Wednesday 11 May – Ellesmere to Whitchurch

In February Julia announced her plans to retire at the end of August after over 22 years as the CEO of the charity. As well as celebrating her legacy, she hopes her walk will raise awareness of the charity’s continuing work. To find out more about the challenge and to support Julia, visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Juliasontheway


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