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Staff at the Advice and Community Hub have joined the annual Hastings Legal 10k walk to help raise over £3,000 for legal aid services in Hastings.
District Judge Stuart Hammond led over 100 walkers from law firms and chambers, members of the judiciary and the advice sector.
All the walkers had gathered for the evening walk to raise money to support legal advice charities at a time when legal aid cuts threaten to destroy them.
The money raised will be donated to the Advice and Community Hub (Hastings Advice, Hastings Advice and Representative Centre (HARC), Citizens Advice 1066) and Hastings Voluntary Action.
The Advice and Community Hub is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 4.30pm.
It is fantastic to see people from the legal profession and beyond coming together to support others and raise much needed funds to maintain free legal advice.
Advice services are busier than ever. The pressure is increasing as more people face financial hardship and struggle to meet their monthly costs.
The legal aid cuts are imminent and we are all acutely aware of the effects the cuts will have on our clients.
We all feel very concerned about the future so this year’s legal sponsored walk feels quite poignant. It was a chance to raise funds for the Advice Hub as well as raise awareness of advice services in Sussex and how they are helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Jo Wilson, BHT Hastings Legal Advice Manager