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City's law professionals set for fundraising walk

Published: 14 September 2023 at 13:08

Scales of justice

ARU Peterborough is hosting event to help local people access legal services

Peterborough law professionals will be pulling on their walking boots to promote and raise money for services aimed at helping people in the city who are unable to access legal support.

The inaugural Peterborough Legal Walk on Friday, 22 September (4pm) is being hosted by ARU Peterborough, with the 10km route starting and finishing at the university.

The event will see participants from local law firms, chambers and in-house legal teams join forces with local judges and members of the community to walk together to raise funds for The Access to Justice Foundation, a charity providing free legal services for those in need.

The walk will also raise money for Citizens Advice Peterborough (CAP), which provides people with free, independent, confidential, and impartial advice about their rights and responsibilities. 

Anyone is invited to register and take part, with the walk promising to be an enjoyable way to support and raise awareness of the free legal advice sector, which plays an important role within the local community. 

Co-organiser of the event Kathryn Jones, Course Leader for the LLB (Hons) Law course at ARU Peterborough, said:

“The Peterborough Legal Walk comes at a critical time for the local specialist legal advice sector, which has been greatly impacted by the costs of living increases. 

“A lack of access to justice may lead to issues of poverty, homelessness, ill health, unemployment, broken households, and many other social and personal difficulties.

“Without the services of the charities the Peterborough Legal Walk will be supporting, hundreds of people who are unable to afford the services of a lawyer will be unable to access the help and support they need to get the justice they deserve.”

To register to participate, either as an individual or group, or to donate, please visit https://atjf.enthuse.com/cf/2023-peterborough-legal-walk  

ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. 

ARU’s own Law Clinic also offers free advice to people from across the region in the areas of family, employment, and immigration law. For further information about the ARU Law Clinic, please visit https://www.aru.ac.uk/business-and-law/economics-finance-and-law/law-clinic/about