Team Hatch Brenner Solicitors will once again be joining judiciary, law firms, chambers, government departments, and in-house legal teams from around the city to complete the 10k Norwich Legal Walk on Thursday 6 June raising money for free legal advice charities in Norwich and the Eastern region.
The walkers are all fundraising to help improve access to justice for those most in need.
The Eastern Legal Support Trust (“ELST”) are coordinating the walk. As part of a network of Legal Support Trusts, working with the Access to Justice Foundation, ELST support the provision of specialist legal advice through law centres, advice agencies and other free legal advice organisations. They do this by providing the organisations, on application, with grant funding.
The Access to Justice Foundation are hoping to raise an overall total of £5,000 from the Norwich walk.
Dawn Parkes, Hatch Brenner Managing Partner commented: “The Norwich Legal Walk is always a great event and a good opportunity to support the poorest and most vulnerable people in our community for whom access to justice can be out of reach. We are pleased to once again support ELST and will also be pledging 50% of the money raised to our charity partner MAP, the Mancroft Advice Project. Both ELST and MAP provide vital support to vulnerable people in Norwich and beyond.”
The Eastern Legal Support Trust added: “The Norwich Legal Walk helps support families living in terrible housing conditions; people who have been unfairly dismissed or who are discriminated against at work; elderly people who need support to stay living independently; people who suffer disability or illness and their carers; and women and children who have been trafficked to the UK to become domestic or sex slaves.
“The need for free legal advice centres has grown in the past few years. The recession has increased poverty and reduced support services. Meanwhile funding for the advice centres themselves has reduced. We simply can't overcome the effects of the huge reduction in government and local authority funding over the past few years. What we can do is to ensure that many of the people most in need get help who would otherwise have been denied.”
The walkers will set off from the Forum at 5.30pm on Thursday 6 June.
To donate, please visit the Hatch Brenner fundraising page at:
To find out more about MAP, visit https://www.map.uk.net/