BRIAN Wade, Hillhall YFC Club Leader, recently undertook the
momentous challenge of walk-ing 70 miles to mark 70 years of the club.
Brian walked day and night non-stop to complete this challenge with the help of members throughout the entire duration of his trek.
Hillhall YFC raised money during the event for three amazing charities: Aware NI, Air Ambulance and Cash 4 Kids. These charities are very special to a number of members, making the challenge even more personal to the club.
On Saturday, August 14, at 9am, Brian set off from the centre of Portaferry accompanied by club President Andrew Simpson and two juniors members, Matthew Simpson and Ben Fenwick. Throughout the day Brian made his way up the Ard’s Peninsula, through Ballyhalbert to Millisle, Donaghadee to Newtownards. In Donaghadee Assistant Secretary Nicholas Dennison joined Brian for the night shift.
With no training, he completed over 50 miles with Brian, making it the entire way to Hillhall.
Throughout the entire 29 hour trek, Brian and Nicholas had a support team at every checkpoint.
PRO and Secretary Rebekah Ringland and Helen Chapman supported Brian throughout the first and second day, helping with first aid, food, and constant motivation. Brian’s family also supported him throughout the walk with his brother David keeping track of every mile, staying with Brian throughout the walk.
There was also a visit from two special guests, Katie-Louise and her brother Dawson, and their parents who came out and supported Brian all day on Saturday. Katie-Louise and Dawson were a delight to have and very special to our PRO Rebekah as Katie-Louise is one the children Rebekah cares for regularly.
Hillhall YFC would like to thank all the local radio stations for helping to promote its fundraiser and apologises to everyone who had to listen to Brian take part in ‘6 in 60’. After scoring a pitiful three out of six, Brian should definitely stick to the walking!
For the final leg of the walk from Drumbo to the club hall in Hillhall all current members, alongside some ex-members, including Harry Simpson, one of the founding members, gathered with Brian and Nicholas to cross the finish line just after two o’clock on Sunday afternoon.
The club would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who turned out to walk a leg with Brian, help raise money and to everybody who supported him. By Monday night the club had raised over £3,500. You can still donate by visiting the Hillhall YFC Just Giving page. The link can be found on the club’s social media pages.
The next event on the club calendar is the Welcome Night on Monday, September 13, for both new and existing members.
The 70th anniversary celebrations will conclude with a Gala Dinner in the Galgorm Hotel and Spa on March 19, 2022, for all current and past members. Tickets will be going on sale in September.