Robert Buckland MP is calling on people to support two women, as they prepare to take part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the Wiltshire Law Centre on October 17.
Trainee Solicitor Heather Reilly and Kelly Jones, a Trustee of the charity, based at the Swindon Advice and Support Centre in Sanford Street, are walking in The Oxford Legal Walk to raise funds for the organisation which provides free legal advice and support to some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Heather explained: “We know from our own experience how valuable the work of legal advice charities is for disadvantaged people. Advice agencies do a fantastic job in preventing homelessness, resolving debt problems, gaining care for the elderly and disabled, and fighting exploitation.”
“The money we raise will help keep our agency operating and try to ensure our services are as effective as possible.”
The Wiltshire Law Centre was founded in 1981 and has been providing legal advice to the people of Swindon for the past 35 years. The charity currently has five advisors who between them have over 50 years experience. They include a Senior Solicitor and skilled caseworkers.
The Wiltshire Law Centre provides free and confidential legal advice and representation in welfare benefits, housing law and debt, and operates in the same way as any solicitors firm in the high street. Their expertise lies in solving everyday problems, which come under the general heading of ‘Social Welfare Law’.
Over the years, the Law Centre has faced many challenges, not just in the wide range of legal cases it has taken on, but also in the funding required to keep the centre alive; and that fight continues on.
Robert Buckland MP said: “The Wiltshire Law Centre has helped the most vulnerable in our town for 35 Years, helping to prevent homelessness and resolving debt problems. The charity works hard to fight exploitation and gain care for the elderly and disabled.”
“Recently, I took part in the London Legal Walk with thousands of other lawyers to raise funds for pro bono legal services, so I strongly support this initiative.”
To sponsor Heather and Kelly, please visit the Wiltshire Law Centre Fundraising Page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/wiltshirelawcentreteam