Fundraising Events

We are always eager to hear from individuals and organisations that are keen to host fundraising events from Pub Quizzes to Marathons, and everything in between. If you would like to hold an event on behalf of FRU please contact us on

Get Involved or Sponsor

This year FRU has entered a number of fundraising and sporting events.  We are currently looking for participants for the London MarathonVitality 10k and Ride London Surrey 100 as well as people to join our London Legal Walk team and Walk the Thames team.  If you are interested in taking part in any of these events for FRU or know someone who would be then please contact us on

We are also seeking sponsorship of our participants in these events.  Please see below for further details and the donation pages. 


London Marathon 2021

This years London Marathon is taking place on Sunday 3rd October.  We have entered a team of four to run on behalf of FRU; Holly Stout, Imogen Leipnik, Ewan Smith and John Rodgman.  We also have two runners who will be fundraising for FRU and Advocate; Charles Hale QC and Sam Taverner.  We hope that they will have your support as they take on this exciting challenge.  They will be raising much needed funding for FRU so please help encourage and support our runners.  Information about our team and their JustGiving pages are below:

Holly Stout, Employment Judge

As a trainee barrister I did my first cases for FRU and saw for myself how important the advice and support that FRU provides can be. Legal aid is not available for employment or social security cases, although many individuals who find themselves needing to make a claim or appeal cannot afford representation and are ill-equipped to navigate what are often complex legal proceedings. Now as a judge, it is clear to me that support from organisations such as FRU is still very much needed and that it can make a significant contribution to the efficient administration of justice as well as being of benefit to the individuals themselves.

I am therefore delighted to be attempting my first marathon for FRU. Last year I ran my first half marathon, and was still (just about) able to walk the next day, so the full distance naturally seemed to be the appropriate next challenge, but it is still a very daunting prospect.

Please be generous in your support for FRU.



Imogen Leipnik & Ewan Smith of Linklaters LLP

We've joined together to run the London Marathon to raise money for the Free Representation Unit (FRU).

FRU is an amazing charity which Imme had the privilege to work at for 6 months as part of her training contract. FRU provides legal advice and representation to those who cannot afford it and, therefore, cannot get proper access to justice. They are often the most vulnerable and the most in need.

Cuts to legal aid spending and the difficulties caused by the pandemic make FRU's services even more vital today and FRU relies largely on donations to fund their work.

We would be grateful for anything you can give to help us to support this worthy cause. If FRU wasn’t there, countless of individuals would be going to court/tribunal on their own without advice or representation.


John Rodgman of Borehole Solutions Group

We as a business, Borehole Solutions Ltd, look to single out charities and organisations that are not main stream and are just as important as others.  This year we have chosen to support the FRU because of the services and help it offers people working in the face of such adversity and cuts from the government.  We believe legal advice should be given to the correct people in their time of need.


Charles Hale QC of 4PB

I hope that by pounding the streets of London in the iconic marathon (my first London Marathon) I can raise the profile of both Charity’s work. Ask any person who goes to court dealing with one of the most stressful experiences of their lives and ask them what they want – they all say, help!


Sam Taverner

I am delighted to be running the London Marathon in joint support for FRU and Advocate.  It is fantastic to be able to support their great work in getting pro bono legal support to the people who most need it.




Vitality London 10K; Run for FRU



The Vitality London 10,000 is London's most inspiring 10K race and features a spectacular route in the heart of the capital, starting on The Mall and finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.  The 2021 event was due to take place on Monday 31 May.  The event holders are currently looking for an alternative date.  

If you are interested in running this event for FRU please send us an email.




London Legal Walk 2021; Will you join us?


We are looking for volunteers to join us in walking to fundraise for FRU.

FRU has been walking on the London Legal Walk since it started. The London Legal Walk is a 10km "after work" walk around central London and we're proud to be walking for the 17th time!  It is a great opportunity to get to know members of the team and raise money for FRU.  As an added bonus it also forms a great networking opportunity.

If you are unable to join the FRU walkers, please consider assisting us with marshalling the event. We understand that lots of you have busy schedules but any time you are able to give would be very welcome.

Send an email to if you would like to join our team or help us with the event.

Please share the link to our donation page with your friends and colleagues so we can raise as much as possible:

More information about the walk can be found here.


Walk the Thames for FRU 2021; Will you join us?



On Saturday 22nd May FRU will be taking part in Walk the Thames.  We would love to beat previous years efforts and have as many walkers as possible join our team and to help raise funds for FRU.

Walk the Thames is a half marathon or full marathon event which you can walk, run or cycle.  It is a great opportunity to have a pleasant (but still challenging) walk along the banks of the Thames.  More information about the event can be found here.

If you would like to join the FRU team, please send an email noting your interest and telling us if you are joining us for the half or full marathon and if you are going to walk, run or cycle.  We will send further information to walkers once they have registered with us.  Friends and family are also welcome to join the team.

If you are unable to take part in the walk, please consider donating to our teams efforts.  FRU's online donation page can be found here.

We do hope that you can join us.


Past Fundraising Events 

Prudential Ride London 2019

Thanks to our four cyclists for taking part in Ride London on 4 August. Our team consisted of Anne Fairpo, Tony Almeida, Jack Gilliland and Amrit Bachu.

Together they rode 400 miles to raise funds for FRU.  Over £650 was raised from the event.

Our thanks go to each of them for giving their time and effort to support our service and to everyone who made a donation.

London Marathon 2019

On Sunday 28th April Hamish McCallum  joined thousands of runners taking part in theLondon Marathon in order to raise funds for FRU.

Well done to Hamish who completed the course in an amazing time and raised much needed funding for FRU.  We would like to give a huge thank you to Hamish for his hard work and dedication.  We would also like to thank all those who made a donation to Hamish.


London Legal Walk 2019

FRU staff and volunteers joined thousands of walkers for the London Legal Support Trust's annual 'London Legal Walk' to raise money for free legal advice.

Well done to all the members of the FRU team who raised a fantastic amount for FRU!  We would like to give a huge thank you to our team and all those who donated.


On the FRU team were:  Imogen Leipnik, David Abbott, Michael Reed, Robin Robison, Cherelle Byron.