Hastings Legal Community Unites to Provide Free Frontline Legal Advice

Last Updated on: 21st November 2023, 11:25 pm

The London Legal Support Trust (LLST) is delighted to announce that the Hastings Legal Walk is returning on Tuesday 19 September 2023. The sponsored walk brings together law firms, barristers’ chambers, advice agencies, in house legal departments, and students to raise funds and awareness for the provision of free legal advice to the most vulnerable members of the community.

Participants have the option to choose between a 5k or 10k route, both of which will take them along the seafront. Last year, the Hastings Legal Walk raised nearly £2,000, which went to local advice agencies such as Hastings Advice and Representation Centre, BHT Sussex, and Citizens Advice 1066.

Jacky Everard, Chief Executive of Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC), said: “We walk so that we can raise much needed funds to provide free and confidential end to end Welfare Benefit specialist advice and representation. We aim to relieve poverty and improve the quality of life for vulnerable, disadvantaged individuals and families, through free legal advice and representation.”

The event will begin with teams arriving at the First In Last Out pub from 4.30pm, with the walk kicking off at 5pm. Once complete, the teams will return to the pub for drinks. LLST is encouraging any organisation or individual who is passionate about supporting their local community to take part.

More information can be found on the LLST website, or by emailing the events team at signups@llst.org.uk.

Established in 2003, LLST works to help law centres, Citizen’s Advice Centres and other legal advice agencies to raise unrestricted funding that is vital to their survival. Last year, LLST raised over £2 million, with a large portion of the funds coming from the London Legal Walk, which raised £720,000.

Katie Isherwood, LLST Events Manager, said: “The Hastings Legal Walk is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together to support their local community. We look forward to seeing everyone there in September.”

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