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Walking for Justice
Published: 21 May 2014
On 19 May, 18 Toynbee Hall staff and trustees took part in the 10K London Legal Walk.
Organised by the London Legal Support Trust, the walk raised a record £575,000 this year for charities which, like Toynbee Hall, provide free legal advice in London and the South East. The London Legal Walk is the largest of many walks taking place across the country, attracting the support and participation of senior judges, lawyers and politicians, including the Lord Chief Justice, the President of the Supreme Court, the Master of the Rolls, the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The route went past some of London’s legal landmarks including the Royal Court of justice, the Law Society and Middle Temple, as well as the green spaces of St. James Park and Hyde Park. Over 7,500 people walked together and took full advantage of the gorgeous weather and the street party following the walk.
The need for Free Legal Advice
The need for free legal advice centres has grown due to reductions to legal aid. At Toynbee Hall, our Free legal Advice Centre (FLAC) has seen a 92% increase in demand and clients come from all across London and beyond to receive advice from our FLAC volunteers. In 2013 alone, we saw 4,445 clients. But the Free Legal Advice Centre costs £66,000 each year and funding is difficult to find. Through the walk, our team raised nearly £3,000.
Bob Nightingale, Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust, said:
“Obviously we can't overcome the vast reduction in funding for advice centres that has occurred in recent years simply through fundraising. However, what we can and have done is to ensure that thousands of the most vulnerable people in and around London will gain vital help that they would otherwise have been denied.
There is still time to give
More information on Toynbee Hall’s Free Legal Advice Centre and its impact