The annual Brighton and Hastings Legal Walks took place over the past 2 weeks in September and raised much needed funds for local advice services in Brighton and Hastings. These include Citizen’s Advice, Money Advice Plus, Possibility People, BHT Sussex’s Advice Centres and Hastings Advice and Representation Centre. With many people affected by the Cost-of-Living Crisis and rising housing costs, these services are currently in huge demand.
The Legal Walks are organised by London Legal Support Trust which supports law centres and legal advice agencies in London and the Southeast. Our Advice Centre staff walked their 10km in solidarity with other local lawyers and advisers to raise funds as well as awareness at a time when their services are needed more than ever.
The Advice Centres run by BHT Sussex in Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne provides specialist housing and money management advice, an immigration legal service, a Court Duty Scheme which provides last-minute emergency advice for people facing eviction from their homes, and benefits advice for people living with cancer. Last year alone, the Centres prevented 556 households from becoming homeless. Our Immigration Legal Service in Brighton is the only legal aid representation and advice provider in Sussex for refugees and asylum seekers.
Sue Hennell, Senior Advice Manager for BHT Sussex, said:
We are so grateful to everyone who supports these walks every year, as they raise much needed funds for our Advice Centres and others providing essential advice to vulnerable local people.”
In these challenging times, services like ours are in demand and under pressure, and fundraising events like this are really important in helping us to continue our work to ensure that people can stay in their homes, be supported and have access to justice regardless of their circumstances.”
So far the Brighton and Hastings Legal Walks have collectively raised £7,500!