Written by Sadie – Lee Kirby : Member of the HRU (Manchester)
On Wednesday 10th February the Human Rights Unit volunteers got their baking tins out and their aprons on to take part in North West Legal Support Trust’s Great Legal Bake. At 11am in the BPP Manchester café the tables were piled high with delicious looking cakes, cupcakes, brownies and bakes waiting to be sold by eager volunteers – and eaten by hungry students! By 2.30pm, after a busy morning of selling, the bakes had all gone after being enjoyed by students and staff alike.
This worthwhile event was organised to raise money for North West Legal Support Trust who help to provide support to those most in need by giving free legal advice to the poorest and most vulnerable in the community to ensure they get access to justice. Recently, North West Legal Support Trust’s work has become even more important due to the cuts in legal aid funding for humanitarian and social welfare legal advice.
This Bake sale managed to raise £216.40 for NWLST! This money will be used to help the elderly who need support for independent living, families who live in horrendous housing conditions, women and children who have been trafficked to the UK as slaves, people who suffer from disability, and people who are facing employment issues.
I have to say that my favourite part of the event was setting up the stalls before the selling took place, because I was able to see how many people were involved in organising the event and how much they cared about the event being a success. I really valued feeling part of a group that were doing something, however small we might think it is, to help change people’s lives.
I believe the North West Legal Support Trust’s work is invaluable and well worth taking time out of our busy schedules to help support. I hope that future Human Rights Units initiatives will be as much of a success as this one has been.