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Partner at Truro solicitors is giving poverty the run-around

Verity in training

Verity Slater, partner of leading South West law firm Stephens Scown, is running to help end global poverty in this year’s London Marathon on 28 April. 

Christian Aid has supporters running in challenges across Britain and Ireland, and people are taking part in order to raise money for some of the world’s poorest communities.

Verity explained why she is taking part:

“I recently had this growing, persistent feeling that I needed to give more in some way. I feel so blessed in my job, in our warm safe house, with what we have: plenty of yummy food, fun and holidays. It makes me remember that we are the lucky ones born here, and that others on our planet are having a truly rough ride. 

“So, having trained for and conquered the hilly Eden Project Half Marathon last October, I’m going to dig deep and go for the big one - the London Marathon!"

“I’m running for Christian Aid as they are a truly amazing charity, working globally to eradicate the causes of poverty."

- Verity Slater, Partner of Stephens Scown, and runner.

"Christian Aid work with people of every faith and none. I found out about them through their SALT Business network. Three current projects Christian Aid are involved in really speak to me:

  • Campaigning for Climate Justice: to stop climate change, which will undoubtedly impact the world’s poorest people first.
  • Emergency Aid - currently to those impacted by the Indonesian Tsunami as well as Cyclone Idai in Africa. They are delivering food, shelter, clean water and sanitation. I know from my time doing disaster relief work that this will be essential to save lives.
  • Helping those in poverty find ways to create incomes   within their communities. One example is by giving tools, training and support to women in Ethiopia so they could set up solar powered shops; which as well as selling goods, sell solar powered phone charging - essential in remote areas.”

Verity, age 41, has been training hard on the local Cornish coastal footpaths and also on the Bissoe Trail, the 11-mile coast to coast route linking Portreath harbour with the port of Devoran, built on a 19th century mineral tramway.

As well as running 26.2 miles, Verity is also aiming to raise £2,000 to support Christian Aid’s work. Christian Aid works in 37 countries with some of the world’s poorest people, of all faiths and none, helping them find ways to lift themselves out of poverty for good. 

If you would like to sponsor Verity, please go to

For further information, please contact Verity at  v.slater@stephens-scown, or call 07715073468.