The sun was shining and energy levels were high as a number of solicitors from Rothera Sharp took part in the Midlands Legal Support Trust’s Legal Walk on May 10th, raising £335 from donations.
The Nottingham Legal Walk is a 10k route which starts at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, walking alongside the Nottingham canal and up to The Park before heading towards the Nottingham Trent University City campus and arboretum, the Theatre Royal and Market Square, finishing at the Canalhouse on Canal Street (for a well-deserved cold drink!).
The Midlands Legal Support Trust aims to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable in society by raising funds and distributing them to organisations that support those who need legal help but cannot afford it.
Much of the funding for advice services has reduced, particularly with the removal in 2013 of legal aid for humanitarian or social welfare legal advice, meaning for many in society justice is out of reach.
The Midlands Legal Support Trust helps a wide range of people, from the elderly who need support to stay living independently, to those who have been unfairly dismissed or are discriminated against at work. Receiving legal help can make an enormous difference to these peoples’ lives, helping to reduce debt, poverty and suffering.
Earlier this year Rothera Sharp also took part in the Great Legal Bake, raising £145 which was split between Midlands Legal Support Trust and the Nottingham Personal Support Unit.
Kerry Elliott, a Commercial Property solicitor at Rothera Sharp who took part in and helped organise the walk within the firm said:
“It is such a good cause. We wanted to help raise money to go towards funding free legal advice centres in the Nottingham area. It is so important that these centres are kept open for local people who desperately need access to legal advice but cannot afford to pay for it.”
The Midlands Legal Support Trust is part of matrix of seven other Legal Support Trusts across England and Wales that work closely with the Access to Justice Foundation.
To find out more about the work of the Midlands Legal Support Trust visit: http://mlst.weebly.com/