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BHT staff have joined the annual legal sponsored 10k walk and helped to raise over £4,000 for legal aid services in Sussex.
The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Bill Randall was at the starting point where law school students, law firms and chambers, members of the judiciary and the advice sector gathered for the evening walk.
The walkers were raising money to support legal advice charities at a time when legal aid cuts threaten to destroy them.
The money raised will be donated to Brighton Housing Trust, Citizens Advice, Money Advice and Community Support, Advice Brighton and Hove, and the Federation of Disabled People.
BHT’s Legal Services are our most heavily relied upon services, working with over 10,000 clients last year. The pressure is increasing as more people face financial hardship and struggle to meet their mortgage repayments.
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.
John Holmström, BHT Assistant Chief Executive
BHT’s team of walkers was larger than ever this year. 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 our services as well as raise awareness of advice services in the city and how they are helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Danny Murphy, BHT Adviser