Solicitors walk their way to charity donation

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A team of walkers from Reading law firm Blake Morgan dusted off their walking boots and raised more than £1,700 to help some of the worst-off people in the region.

A 12-strong team of solicitors and support staff took part in the first 10km “after work” Legal Walk from Reading Town Hall in aid of free legal advice charities in Reading and the Thames Valley.

The team’s £1,763 sponsorship total includes gift aid and £500 in match funding from Blake Morgan, which supports its employees in charity fundraising.

In total all the teams which took part raised more than £6,000, with some funds still arriving. The money raised will go to Flag DV, an organisation that helps victims of domestic violence in the region, and other organisations, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, which helps families in need.

The Blake Morgan team was led by litigation executive Nayan Mesuria and included insurance team senior associate Kirsteen Mace, solicitor Karen Kirk, management information manager Helen Morris, associate Carley Willoughby, employment partner Rebecca Ireland, market development manager Celeste Ainge, litigation executive Laurence Knecht, credit hire executives Cathryn Bailey and Georgina Blay, legal secretary Linda Dedman and corporate partner Guy Constant.

Nayan Mesuria said: “We know that local advice agencies such as Flag DV do a fantastic job in providing free legal advice to those who are in need of emergency assistance in order to alleviate their difficulties.

“Blake Morgan LLP will always aim to help local initiatives, either through fundraising or by volunteering skills.

Bob Nightingale, Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust, which organises the Legal Walk events, said: “The first Reading walk has been such a success, raising over £6,000 for local advice agencies, that it looks set to become an annual event which will provide continuing funding.

“Local law firms have been extremely supportive with Blake Morgan topping the fundraising charts.”