Workers in charity walk for legal aid services

STAFF from law firms and advice agencies joined the annual Hastings Legal 10k walk, raising more than £3,000 for legal aid services in town.

District Judge Stuart Hammond led more than 100 walkers from law firms and chambers, members of the judiciary and the advice sector.

All the walkers gathered for the evening to raise money to support legal advice charities at a time when legal aid cuts threaten to destroy them.

Jo Wilson, manager of BHT Hastings Legal Advice, said: “It was fantastic to see people from the legal profession and beyond coming together to support others and raise much-needed funds to maintain free legal advice. Advice services are busier than ever. The pressure is increasing as more people face financial hardship and struggle to meet their monthly costs.

“The legal aid cuts are imminent and we are all acutely aware of the effects the cuts will have on our clients.”

The money raised will be donated to the Advice and Community Hub in London Road, St Leonards, and Hastings Voluntary Action.

The Advice and Community Hub is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.