By London Legal Support Trust
Local lawyers raised nearly £85,000 for local frontline free legal advice charities in the South-East of England at Legal Walks over the summer. This amazing amount has boosted morale for charities who support people facing increasing hardships such as unemployment, homelessness, and domestic violence, on a daily basis.
The walks were organised by London Legal Support Trust (LLST) which raises funds for frontline free legal advice charities in London and the South-East. The charity regularly speaks to these advice agencies who say the need for additional funding is greater than ever. Additionally, the end of lockdown has meant the end of policies put in place to protect those experiencing financial hardship.
Looking back over the past year, the statistics are clear why the funds raised are so vital in the regions. A recent report put together by the Community Foundation for Surrey found there was a 160% rise in Universal Credit claims since the first lockdown, with almost one in every 12 people in Surrey aged 16 – 64 was claiming Universal Credit.
Looking forward to the London Legal Walk – Monday 18th October
The London Legal Walk is LLST’s pinnacle event of the year and brings thousands of people from across the legal profession together to walk a sponsored 10km route in London, finishing with a well-earned drink. Taking place on Monday 18th October, over 400 teams and thousands of walkers have already signed up.
LLST CEO Nezahat Cihan is encouraged by the success of the events so far, “Despite such an uncertain start to the year, the support given to our events has already been phenomenal. We are now planning for the London Legal Walk on the 18th October. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the teams, sponsors and supporters who help make the event possible”.
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