Category Archives: Kent Law Campaign

Canterbury Legal Walk raises in excess of £21,000 towards the Kent Law Campaign

On Saturday 11th June, over 120 people took part in the second Canterbury Legal Walk, a 10km sponsored walk around the University of Kent’s beautiful Canterbury campus and the city of Canterbury to raise money for the Kent Law Campaign. We would like to thank our many walkers including local judges, barristers, law firms, alumni, staff, students and friends of the University for taking part and raising over £21,000. Thank you also to all our volunteers who helped to make the day so successful and to KTV for covering the day. You can view their coverage online.

The Canterbury Legal Walk is organised by the University of Kent and raises funds for the Kent Law Clinic which provides free legal advice and representation to members of the local community who need but cannot afford access to legal services. It is one of a series of fundraising walks held throughout England and Wales and takes place annually.

2015 Canterbury Legal Walk participants in Canterbury

Join the 2016 Canterbury Legal Walk and help us raise the final funds needed

Staff, students, alumni, lawyers and members of our local community are invited to sign up for a 10km walk to raise funds for the Kent Law Clinic, which provides free legal advice and representation for local people who can’t afford it.

This year’s Legal Walk will take place in Canterbury on Saturday 11 June 2016. You can register to take part or volunteer with us online.

The walk will begin at the new law building heading down into the city centre, passing iconic sites and finishing back at the University campus.

This is one of a series of legal walks taking place across the country, which are attracting the support and participation of senior judges and lawyers.

Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, one of our lead walkers said ‘These walks now play a critical part in providing funding for legal advice and assistance. They are good fun so please take part.’

For more information visit our website or contact Felicity Clifford, Campaigns Officer.

The Hon Charles Wigoder

Alumnus pledges to match-fund all donations to the Kent Law Campaign

The Hon Charles Wigoder, alumnus and major supporter of our new law building has agreed to a match-funding facility to help us reach the final fundraising target in our Kent Law Campaign.  The match-funding is from now until 30 June 2016 which means that by generously matching both the donation and the gift aid, Charles will double all our gifts. To all new supporters and to those who may wish to give just that little bit more this is a great opportunity to give now and to help us complete our fundraising target.  Thank you for your consideration.  For more information please contact Hilary Edridge on

Student Group hosts last ever Law Ball for Campaign

On Saturday 23 January our Kent Law Campaign Student Group (KLCSG) hosted the last student Law Ball of the Campaign.

With a 1920’s theme the guests certainly dressed to impress! Ladies bought their feather boas and pearls and the gentlemen adorned their bow ties and Derby hats.

Taking place at the Kent County Cricket Ground, students, staff and alumni attended the event and were treated to a night to remember with plenty of laughter and fun.
Guests had the opportunity to dance to a fantastic live Jive/Swing band, The Quarter Notes, dabble in a little playful roulette provided by AK Casino Knights and dance the night away to music mixed by DJ Crooks.

During the evening the Kent Law Campaign Student Group presented a short presentation video showcasing the progress of the build and thanking everyone for their support. Speeches were also given by Professor John Fitzpatrick and Vinissa Arulanantham (Chair of KLCSG).

The last Student Law Ball was made possible by generous sponsorship from of the Kent Law School and for this we are extremely grateful. All money raised on the night through ticket sales and donations will go directly to the Kent Law Campaign.

We would like to thank Kent Law School and the Kent Law Campaign Student Group for supporting the Campaign and making the last Student Group Law Ball a huge success.

More photos from the event are available on our Facebook Page.

Kent Law Campaign Student Group host Christmas Fair

On Thursday 10th December our Kent Law Campaign Student Group hosted a Christmas Fair in Eliot Hall with carols, stalls, games and hot chocolate.

Along with selling Christmas cards, calendars and Campaign merchandise, the Student Group were joined by George The Card Maker, Bo Peeps Balms and Turtle’s Trinkets who set up stalls to sell their cards, jewellery and beauty products to staff and students.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Musical Theatre Society who sung beautiful carols during the fair and to Kent Law School who provided hot chocolate to shoppers.

We are thrilled that the Student Group raised over £250 for the Kent Law Campaign and delighted that so many people were able to come.

Kent Law Campaign receives Santander donation

Staff members at Santander Universities have played an important role in supporting the Kent Law Campaign Student Group fundraising activities and initiatives as well as taking part in their own personal challenges such as bungee jumping and taking part in the Canterbury Legal Walk.

Throughout the 2014/15 academic year Adam Baker, Sam Winstanley, Sahar Habibmohammadi and Thomas Smith have helped raise a significant amount of money for the Campaign. Their commitment has been recognised by Santander Foundation who, for the second year running, matched their fundraising total pound for pound through their Staff Matched Donation Scheme. Therefore on behalf of the University of Kent we would like to thank Santander UK for donating £3,458.75 towards the Kent Law Campaign and supporting us once more.

Hilary Edridge (Head of Campaigns), Felicity Clifford (Campaigns Officer) and members of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group were delighted to receive a giant cheque from Adam, Sahar and Thomas on Thursday 26th November. Including the University’s match their generosity becomes £6,917.50 towards our vital work.

Young Alumni Group Celebrates

Our Young Alumni Group met on Thursday 26th December at Davy’s Wine Bar, Holborn to celebrate their huge fundraising achievements over the past 4 years.  The group reminisced on past events, fundraising challenges and socials while looking to the future and planning their trip back to Kent for the opening of the new Law Clinic in 2016.

Natalie Salunke, Chair of the Young Alumni Group, Professor John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Kent Law Clinic and Anna Pollard, Campaigns Manager all gave speeches to thank the group for their commitment and dedication to the Campaign; these thanks extend to everyone who has supported YAG and those who were unable to attend the evenings gathering.

With a combined target, the Young Alumni Group (YAG) and Kent Law Campaign Student Groups (KLCSG) have so far raised a staggering £66,069.56 (including Gift Aid and the University Match). This year’s KLCSG has a healthy fundraising target to which they are excited about achieving. Money raised through KLCSG activities and events will be added to the overall YAG and KLCSG total which we hope to announce during summer 2016.

There has been no limit to the fundraising efforts of our alumni and students, they have taken part and organised activities and events such as sponsored walks, runs and marathons, jumping out of planes, abseiling off buildings, organising swanky balls, dressing up as Super Heroes and Santa’s, swimming in open water, to name but a few.

Words cannot express our gratitude to all those who have supported, fundraised, volunteered, took part, attended or even cheered YAG events and challenges since 2012. Every single person should be proud of the role they have played towards raising such a fantastic fundraising total.

Kent Law Campaign Season’s Greetings cards on sale now!

This year the Kent Law Campaign Student Group (KLCSG) will be selling Season’s Greetings cards kindly sponsored by The Headley Pitt Charitable Trust. This year the students have carefully selected popular winter images courtesy of Jim Higham from our Information Services department. There are several designs to choose from which will be available to buy at regular stalls held by the KLCSG on campus, please note stock is limited and is expected to sell out fast!

The KLCSG are selling packs of 10 cards for £3.50 or 3 packs for £9. Every penny made through this initiative will go towards the Campaign and be matched pound for pound by the University.

Keep an eye on our Campaign Twitter feed for information of when the students will be selling cards on campus.

The KLCSG would like to thank The Headley Pitt Charitable Trust for their generosity in sponsoring the cards this year and for their continuous support towards the Kent Law Campaign.

100km challenge completed in under 26 hours!

On Saturday 12th September, Natalie Salunke, Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Young Alumni Group and Peter Wilkinson, supporter of the Kent Law Campaign took part in the Thames Path Challenge starting at Putney Bridge and finishing at Henley-on-Thames where they celebrated with a well-deserved glass of Champaign and rested their blistered feet! Natalie and Peter completed their walk in 25 hours and 41 minutes.

So far Natalie and Peter have raised a staggering £1,477.50 (including Gift Aid and the University Match) and for this we thank them for their tremendous dedication and effort. Natalie and Peter, we hope that your feet have recovered!

Please congratulate them both by showing your support and sponsoring their challenge through their JustGiving page. All money raised through their challenge will go directly to the Kent Law Campaign.

Kent alumna to walk the 100km Thames Path Challenge in aid of the Kent Law Campaign

Natalie Salunke, Chair of the Kent Law Campaign Young Alumni Group and Peter Wilkinson, supporter of the Kent Law Campaign, will be joining over 4000 participants to take on the Thames Path Challenge! On 12-13 September, Natalie and Peter will walk the 100km Thames route challenge starting from Putney Bridge and ending at Henley-on-Thames in aid of the Kent Law Campaign.

The Thames Path is unique; it’s the only long distance path to follow a river for most of its length. The full route begins at Bishop’s Park, next to Putney Bridge, and on through leafy Kew and Richmond past the last non-tidal lock at Teddington. It passes the Royal palace of Hampton Court, beneath Windsor Castle and on through beautiful countryside to Henley.

For Natalie this is her latest fundraising challenge she has set herself, although it is not jumping out of planes or throwing herself off 160ft cranes, this challenge requires stamina and commitment in order to complete the 100km route which could take up to 30 hours!

Please show your support by sponsoring Natalie and Peter through their JustGiving page. All money raised from their challenge will go directly to the Kent Law Campaign.