On 21st May 2018 we're doing the London Legal Walk to raise funds for our vital access to justice work. CEO Raji Hunjan explains what it means to us and our clients

Zacchaeus 2000 Trust has always taken the London Legal Walk seriously, and has in the last two years been one of the highest fundraisers - last year raising an incredible £17,000.   

The Walk, as organised by the London Legal Support Trust, is one of the most important fundraising activities that we take part in every year. It's an opportunity for us as a team to come together and work towards achieving our target whilst having some fun. The London Legal Support Trust does a wonderful job providing the fundraising infrastructure online and organising the event on behalf the the sector. Thanks to them, all we have to do is persuade our supporters to donate, and walk.

I have been involved in the event since 2014, when I first led the team at North Kensington Law Centre, and then a couple of years later at the brilliant INQUEST. 2017 was my first year at Z2K, taking the reins from the mighty Joanna Kennedy.   

The Walk is a motivating event which brings together so many in the legal sector, whether that's corporate, public or charitable organisations. There's a genuine sense of togetherness and optimism about raising funds for those that need most access to justice.  Even the weather is so often on our side, which the last three years being incredibly hot.

Ultimately we are all there to raise funds for those who need access to free legal advice. The last few years have been particularly challenging for people on low income. Not only have significant changes in welfare benefits made it more difficult for people to get by, but also with high rents and housing benefit caps, life is extremely tough for many people. Add to that the severe cuts in legal aid, it's no surprise to us that so many of our clients are left voiceless and desperate.

So the Walk is a chance to be positive, and optimistic about what we can achieve when we come together as a legal sector.

If you choose to donate to us at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Z2KWalkers18, be assured that not only are you supporting our vital work, you are cheering us on and keeping us motivated. Have no doubt, we will continue to fight on behalf of and with our clients. 

You can help us by donating here.  Alternatively or additionally, if you want to walk with us and raise more funds, you can get in touch with me at [email protected].

Thank you for your support.