Many of you will know Pete Lowen. He is currently the chief exec of the Birmingham Law Centre, a voluntary organisation providing legal help to some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable clients in the city.
October 24th 2010 sees the third half-marathon to be run in Birmingham and Pete is taking part to raise money for BLC. Changes to the Legal Aid system mean that unless the Law Centre raises at least £100,000 by the end of this year – and more in subsequent years — it could cease to be able to help the 2,000 people a year who currently benefit from its expert legal advice, support and representation. Pete is ‘running for social justice’, aiming to raise £30,000 for the Centre and its services — and doing this the hard way.
BLC has a history that stretches back almost 100 years. It evolved from the Birmingham Citizens Society, founded in 1916, when the world was at war; it grew into Birmingham Money Advice & Grants, a project based at BVSC’s offices in Digbeth, and in 2000/01 became an independent law centre.
And don’t forget — you can also volunteer to run for BLC. I can’t obviously, because I’ve found that running in the rain puts my roll-ups out, but I bet there’s lots of people out there who could.