The sweetest fundraiser of the year, the Great Legal Bake, returns from February 10-14. Organised by the London Legal Support Trust (LLST) and the Access to Justice Foundation, this national bake sale is a chance for professionals to show off their baking ability rather than courtroom skills. During the weeklong pudding-fest, delicious treats will be baked, piped, iced, and sold in workplaces across the UK. All the funds raised will help support fair access to justice.
Last year, hundreds rose to the challenge and baked savoury and sweet delights for their colleagues, friends, and families to enjoy, raising an impressive £36,500 for the cause. There were marvellous creations from Lady Hale cupcakes (fortunately no spiders in sight!), to edible legal tomes. The Attorney General’s office bake-off was a competitive affair judged by Robert Buckland QC MP, and a keen baker at the Royal Courts of Justice captured the Lord Chief Justice in cake form.
In 2019, the London Legal Support Trust provided grants and support of over £1 million to free legal advice agencies across London and the South East.
The majority of these funds are generated by fundraising events such as the Great Legal Bake, and the London Legal Walk. LLST hopes to top last year’s Great Legal Bake fundraising and raise more than ever with hundreds of bake sales taking part in ‘cakes for a cause’.
Nezahat Cihan, Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust, said:
“There is an urgent need for people to have access to good quality, free advice, on a whole range of areas from housing to employment. Charities providing these vital advice services on the frontline are under extreme pressure to try to meet overwhelming demand. That is why we are asking people to join in and host their own Great Legal Bake – every bake sale can have an impact. It’s a great opportunity for the whole community to get involved in supporting their local free legal advice agencies, all while enjoying some delicious treats!”