A CHARITY chief executive officer has arrived in Whitchurch after completing her fundraising challenge to walk 70 miles along the Shropshire Way before she retires.

Julia Baron who heads Community Resource, was greeted by friends and colleagues in Tilstock Bradbury Village Hall after crossing the finish line at 3.15pm on Wednesday, May 11 after walking from Ellesmere to Whitchurch.

Julia is stepping down from her role as the chief executive officer after nearly 23 years in charge.

She said she had the most incredible experience: "At the start of this challenge I was apprehensive about the number of miles I had committed to walking, but it has been the most incredible experience.

"I would like to thank all the people and organisations who have welcomed me, refreshed me with cups of coffee and cake, and shared their stories with me.


"I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who has walked with me along the different sections and to everyone who has sponsored me.

"This county is made up of amazing people and I’m so glad I was able to see and speak to many of them before I retire.

"I will really miss my work with Community Resource but I am thrilled the money raised from this challenge will help to continue its important work."

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire and Community Resource patron, Anna Turner congratulated Julia and said she would be missed.

She added: "Congratulations to Julia on an amazing effort, I hope she’s very proud of what’s she’s achieved.

"Julia has spent over 20 years of her career helping communities across Shropshire and she has made such a difference to people’s lives. She will be greatly missed, although I suspect even in retirement, she will still find a way to help local people once she’s had a well-earned rest."

The challenge has raised £2,000 so far.

People can donate via www.justgiving.com/campaign/Juliasontheway

For more information about Community Resource visit www.community-resource.org.uk