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  • Four hundred mile cycle ride for FRU
    Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:10

    Four intrepid riders will each be cycling 100 miles on Sunday 4th August to raise money for FRU.

    The four: Amrit Bachu, Anne Frizzel, Jack Gilliland and Tony Almeida are taking part in Ride London, a 100 mile cycle ride across London and Surrey.

    FRU Chief Executive David Abbott said:

    “FRU receives no state funding and we need to raise around £500k each year. We can only maintain our service through the hard work of people like Amrit, Anne, Jack and Tony who give up their time and effort to fundraise for us. Thanks to all four of them, please sponsor them to make their exertions really worthwhile”.

    If you would like to make a donation for any or all of our four riders please use the JustGiving fundraising pages below that have been set up by Anne and Jack.

    https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-gilliland-fru

    https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caf-fru-rl1002019

  • Gemma Daly talks to the BBC about social security tribunals
    Wed, 06/26/2019 - 07:47

    FRU volunteer and barrister Gemma Daly recently talked to Joshua Rosenberg about representing FRU clients in social security tribunals. Gemma talked about the issues of poor DWP decision making and about the impact of having professional representation. The piece on Radio 4’s Law in Action series covered the role of these tribunals and what it is like to be an appellant.

    Gemma is in practice as a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and further information and access to the programme can be found by following this link https://www.doughtystreet.co.uk/news/gemma-daly-discusses-social-security-tribunals-radio-4s-law-action.

  • Goodbye to Ayesha!
    Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:56

    We are very sad to be saying goodbye to our fantastic administrator/receptionist Ayesha Tarannum.  Ayesha is heading off to become a teacher.

    We would like to thank Ayesha for her hard work and dedication, which was demonstrated by the fact that she got us a leaving present by raising nearly £400 through JustGiving.

    Bon voyage Ayesha and thanks for everything!

  • Welcome to Nneoma and Laura!
    Thu, 06/13/2019 - 15:16

    We are very pleased to welcome two new members of staff this week. Nneoma Atumonyogo joins us as our Administrator/receptionist. Nneoma has wide experience in the office administration and legal sectors. Laura Regueiro Romero also joins us as our assistant legal officer for social security. Laura has just completed her LLB and has wide pro bono legal experience including representing clients in social security tribunals. Laura’s post has been funded by the Inns of Court & Bar Educational Trust, the London Legal Support Trust and the Persula Foundation. Our grateful thanks goes to those organisations.

  • Jack smashes the Vitality 10K
    Wed, 05/29/2019 - 08:47

    A massive thank you to Jack Gilliland who undertook the Vitality 10K on this bank holiday Monday.  He completed the run within an amazing 44 minutes.  Jack has also committed to ride 100 miles in the Ride Surrey-London 100 which takes place in August.  We are extremely grateful to Jack for taking on these events.  We have to raise half a million pounds each year to maintain our service.  Jack and others like him help to make this happen.

    Jack's fundraising page is available here should you wish to congratulate him on his excellent running time in the Vitality 10K or to spur him on in his effort to complete the Ride 100 in August.  Please give generously.