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The Liverpool Legal Walk is a 5km sponsored walk around the city of Liverpool, with all participants raising money for the North West Legal Support Trust and the Access to Justice Foundation (around £4,000 has been raised in total so far).

The Trust raises money for organisations who provide free legal advice and support to those who are unable to pay for it. In particular, the charities provide support for disadvantaged people in areas including preventing homelessness, resolving debt problems, as well as gaining care for the elderly and disabled and fighting exploitation.

Chester’s participation was organised by the Law School, which was supported by the University’s Student Law Society.

Lecturer in the Law School, Dr John Morrow, said: “We are extremely proud of our students and staff for taking part and raising such an impressive amount of money in the process. All in all, the team raised £522.50, including Gift Aid. This puts our team within the top three fundraising teams out of 15 throughout the North West. The need for free legal advice centres has grown in recent times, at the same time that their funding has been reduced, so we were all very keen to support this worthwhile cause, close to all of our hearts.”

Student Rebecca Jack, who is part of the Student Law Society, said: “On behalf of the Student Law Society (SLS) we wish to thank the Law School for organising our participation in the Liverpool Legal Walk. It was an amazing experience to all stand together to raise an incredible amount of money for Access to Justice, which is an essential ingredient of the rule of law and is crucial to those who need support. So far, all together overall we have raised around £4,000, which is an outstanding amount, guaranteed to substantially support legal aid centres. If you wish to donate and support, please do by following this link https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/universityofchesterlaw

The Student Law Society followed up the legal walk by hosting The Great Legal Quiz, to raise further funds.

As a result of their fundraising events Dr John Morrow and Dr Erin O’Leary were invited to the Access to Justice Foundation’s 10 year anniversary celebration. At the event, the country’s most senior judge, Baroness Hale of Richmond (the President of The Supreme Court), and Lord Chancellor, David Gauke, gave speeches on the important work of the Access to Justice Foundation.

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