Monday 2nd October saw Derby’s first ever legal walk organised by the Derby Junior Lawyers in association with the Derby and District Law Society and the Midlands Legal Support Trust.
As you are no doubt aware, since the recession hit, legal aid was massively cut by the Government which often means that those in the most desperate need for free legal advice are no longer able to access the relevant services.
The purpose of the walk was to raise important funds for such legal advice services to help them give those in need of legal advice the help and support they need for justice!
The actual day started off with registration at the Derby Law School (many thanks for the venue), followed by a quick picture of the walkers at the ‘Derby Gaol’ and off they went… a slightly-longer-than-10k walk around Derby City Centre and all the way up to Pride Park!
At around 7:30 (so only 2 hours after everyone had set off), the walkers started arriving back at Pitcher and Piano for reception drinks. A huge thank you is owed here to the venue for agreeing to host the event free of charge and to the DDLS for providing the brilliant prosecco reception.
Nearly 100 walkers took part in the walk and at 6th October 2017 the event had raised over £2,300 including gift aid. It was an extremely successful event, with the walkers doubling our original target to raise £1,000!
The DJL’s President, Ellis Pugh, stated that ‘he was pleased with the event and the preparation, and very proud that so many walkers had taken park in such a fantastic event to raise money for justice.’
Watch this space for next year’s walk!
Well done everyone
DDLS President Simon Stevens walking the “walk” (far right) and new DYL President Ellis Pugh getting in on the act in the bottom picture!