This is the third consecutive year I have participated in the London Legal Walk, albeit this year things were slightly different. Not only am I now a trainee at Russell-Cooke but I was also not walking through the parks of London in the glorious sunshine with 15,000 other walkers.
Yesterday, Russell-Cooke participated in the virtual '10,000 Steps for Justice' event to mark the postponed London Legal Walk 2020, which will now take place on 5 October 2020. Thankfully the weather was on our side and it stayed dry. As I am currently working from home in Nottinghamshire, I had a lovely walk around Clumber Park with my dog Betsy who was very distracted by all the squirrels.
The virtual event is hosted by the London Legal Support Trust, which allowed all fundraising teams to take part whilst we are all embracing working from home. The London Legal Support Trust funds Law Centres and pro-bono agencies in and around London.
Russell-Cooke is a long-time supporter of the London Legal Support Trust.
There are currently 14 million people living in poverty in the UK, with limited access to legal advice. During these exceptional times, increased support is required to ensure everyone has access to justice. Access to free legal advice can make a huge difference to people's lives.
I am very proud to be part of a firm that actively participates in these fundraising events and always keen to get involved. Having previously worked at my local Citizens Advice Bureau, I further recognise the importance of the vital resources provided by Law Centres. Since participating I have seen so many picturesque parts of London I would never have discovered and also stumbled across some delicious ice cream shops. The walks are always a great way to meet more people at the firm. This year the event has been even more invaluable as it has got us out of the house and sharing our walking/running adventures 'virtually' via photos.
So far Team Russell-Cooke has raised just over our target of £2,500, which is a fantastic outcome. There is still time to donate – please visit our fundraising page to read our story and take part.