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Posted by familylaw on 29th September 2021
Local Lawyer Limbers Up for Largest Ever London Marathon

Local Lawyer, Carrie Laws, gets stuck into training for the London Marathon whilst raising vital funds for leading South West women’s charity, Trevi.

50,000 runners will be taking on the world’s biggest virtual marathon on Sunday 3 October – in which Trevi has 3 places.  And 50,000 runners will tackle the traditional London Marathon route on the same day including Carrie.

After successfully applying for the Trevi London Marathon place last year, long-term Trevi supporter, Carrie, has been training hard and is ready for her challenge on Sunday.

This is not the first time that Carrie has embarked on a major fundraising challenge for Trevi.  Only two years ago she courageously leapt from a plane at 15,000 feet in the sky as part of Trevi’s annual Big Pink Sky Dive and raised thousands of pounds.

Carrie Laws is a senior associate solicitor for the Family Law Co. and is based in Plymouth.  She has worked in the legal sector for over fifteen years and works with serious cases concerning children.  She has a particular expertise in representing parents with learning disabilities or difficulties.

Statistics show that every 16 minutes another child is taken into care, with only one in ten being reunited with their mother[1].  Two thirds of those cases are linked to parental substance misuse.  Little is being done to address the root cause of mothers’ substance misuse (often due to domestic abuse) despite this being a firm recommendation by experts within care proceedings[2].

Over the years, Trevi has worked with hundreds of mothers and children affected by substance misuse and domestic abuse.  It runs Jasmine Mother’s Recovery centre (formerly known as Trevi House) – a residential rehabilitation facility exclusively for mothers and their children.

At Jasmine, the dedicated team of women’s workers, therapists and specialist attachment practitioners work with each mother to help her break free from her addiction for good and to be the best she can be.  Because of this, 98% of women successfully detox, and almost 8 out of 10 children get to stay with their mother.

The charity now operates three services across Plymouth – supporting more than 700 women and children every year – and is involved in numerous campaigns to raise awareness of the rights of women and children.

Carrie Laws, solicitor of the Family Law Company states:  I’ve seen first-hand the fantastic work that Trevi does with some of the most vulnerable in our society and I have long been of the firm view that it is an infinitely valuable resource, so it’s an honour and a privilege to help raise funds for and awareness of Trevi.

Hannah Shead, CEO, Trevi states, ‘We are immensely grateful to Carrie for her continued support for our charity.  After her amazing Sky Dive and now this, we think she is a major woman of courage – a true Shero!’

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