It was 2pm on Monday 21 May 2018 when it started to rain. I have no doubt that, like me, all the people participating in the 14th annual, London legal Walk thought as ‘oh bugger!’
Our team, met in a coffee shop to change into our tee shirts before taking on the 10Km walk.
Our team comprised of the following OU law students and OULS members: Peter Savory, Ann-Marie O’Neil, Abigail Scott, Amy Woolfson, Jennifer Wharton, Sarah Couling, Mark Baldwin, Sophia Hampton, Kirsty Lawson, Talisa Gill, Celina Stott, Jose Ware and myself.
This walk, organised through the London Legal Support Trust raises money for legal advice centres and promotes access to justice for the most vulnerable began and finished at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand. We also directed 50% of all the money we raised to The Personal Support Unit who help people facing court alone and who, through the Open University’s Open Justice initiative I became a volunteer.
This year was the first time that OULS entered a team. Together, we joined the Lord Chief Justice and about thirteen thousand people, from numerous Supreme Court justices, including the president herself Lady Hale, other members of the judiciary, QC’s, law students, magic circle solicitors and front line legal clinic caseworkers and volunteers. In short, people from all walks of the legal landscape had made the trip to London to walk for justice.
We all had a fantastic time on the walk and even managed a pit stop at Lido Bar overlooking the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park and made sure to rehydrate ourselves well after reaching the finish line!
It Is always great to catch up with OU students, chat about what we are each up to and where we each are in our legal pursuits. It’s valuable too, to share advice and insight that we have been given or discovered on our own paths. That’s the great thing about the OULS – it brings OU students and ex-students together on what can often be a lonely and difficult road.
I am glad to say that the rain held off, the sun came out for the duration and what better way to share a few hours with fellow students, wannabe solicitors and barristers than doing so for a worthy cause.
All that remains to say is, thank you to everyone that has sponsored us so far! We have raised £1.710 (£1,947.50, including Gift Aid) to date. A special thanks must also go the Open University Open Justice team who generously matched the first £500 that we raised. Well done Guys!
If you’d like to join us on the walk next year, watch this space or contact us online.
Mike Linnane (OULS Chair)