Hill Dickinson marine lawyer strides into retirement with charity walk


David Wareing, retiring Head of Marine & Trade for international law specialist Hill Dickinson, has put his best foot forward to celebrate the end of his 45 year tenure with the firm and raise funds for a seafaring charity.

David has just successfully completed the 190-mile Coast-to-Coast walk to raise nearly £7,000 for Mission to Seafarers’ Flying Angels campaign. Setting out from the Irish Sea coast in Cumbria, he trekked with a small team across the width of the UK to the North Sea coast in Yorkshire.

During his two-week endeavour he experienced all the British weather could throw at him – sun, rain, wind and fog – as well as seeing first-hand some of its most beautiful and breath-taking scenery.

Resting at home this week, he said: “I feel a great sense of achievement and have certainly learned the value of looking after your feet! It was glorious. Everywhere had its own significant attributes and no two days were the same.”

He recalled how, after one particularly gruelling day hiking across the Yorkshire moors in low cloud and rain, to his joy a local mountain inn appeared out of the mist, rather like a lighthouse beacon to the weary mariner.

David has been delighted by the amount of support former colleagues and friends have given him via social media and LinkedIn during the long distance walk. He said: “The thing which I will miss the most after my retirement will undoubtedly be the people with whom I have worked both within the firm and in the markets that Hill Dickinson serves.”

David chose to raise funds for the Mission to Seafarers’ Flying Angel Campaign partly because it is Hill Dickinson’s chosen charity for this year and also in acknowledgement of the tremendous work it is currently doing to help seafarers as they keep world trade and aid flowing during the pandemic.

In the words of the Mission: “The inability of seafarers to end contracts and return home to their families and children is having a major impact on their physical and mental well-being. Without the immediate action and support being delivered by the Mission to Seafarers the sector could fall into an even deeper crisis. Now is the time to help our global community of seafarers with a donation to this great challenge.”

To donate to David’s fundraising page visit Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/davidwareingsupportingmissiontoseafarers