The Guildford Legal Walk
About 300 people, many of them judges, lawyers or court staff, together with their friends, walked to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust on Monday evening. The distinguished retired Court of Appeal Judge, Sir Rupert Jackson was part of Her Honour Judge Raeside’s group. The High Sheriff was delighted to start the teams and groups of walkers off from Guildford County Court at 5.30 pm. He had walked in the first of these walks in 2009, and they’re still being organised by Bob Nightingale of the Trust. The route was along the river to the Pilgrims Way, then up through the Chantries before coming back to Pewley Down, down Pewley Hill, and through the town to the court.
This annual walk is about access to justice. Legal Advice Centres give free advice to the poorest and most vulnerable people. Many centres have closed because of cuts to local government funding and legal aid. Others can now only offer restricted services. Those who walked in Guildford on a beautiful evening raised over £11,500, of vital funds. Well done everyone and a thank you to all the organisers and sponsors. Until this time next year.