Stephen Bush

Stephen Bush

London Marathon 2021

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I will be running on behalf of The Malawi Bail Project which is a charity set up & run by my friend Charlotte Mackenzie.[/p][p]The Malawi Bail Project is a UK registered charity that funds and delivers access to justice initiatives and activities in Malawi.[/p][p]Due to the lack of legal aid lawyers in Malawi, the majority of those arrested are brought to court without any legal representation and as a result, are unaware of the right to bail and how or when to exercise this right. Consequently, bail applications are rarely made at the first court appearance and thousands of Malawians are unlawfully and unnecessarily detained for months or years without trial.[/p][p]Prisons across Malawi are severely overcrowded and conditions in the prisons are insanitary. In Chichiri prison, one of the largest in the Southern Region, there are only two showers for two thousand men. Cells built to hold 60 prisoners are currently holding over 200. This leads to the inevitable spread of infectious disease, most commonly TB & HIV. Inmates are only given one small cup of Nsima (a maize based staple food) a day, depending on the prison budget.[/p][p]We aim to educate those going through the court process in Malawi about their bail rights & reduce the number of people charged with minor/petty offences being imprisoned with trial. To achieve these aims, we work in partnership with a Malawian NGO, the Centre for Human Rights, Education, Advice & Assistance (CHREAA - www.chreaa.org) to carry out 6 key activities:[/p][p] Distribution of 'Understanding Your Right to Bail' booklets/posters to Magistrates' Courts & Police Stations[/p][p]Installation of speaker systems at police/court holding cells to play recorded audio tapes explaining how & when to apply for bail.[/p][p]Discussion groups/trainings with Magistrates & Police Officers to explore ways of making the justice system more accessible for the poor & vulnerable.[/p][p]Providing legal advice & assistance through our toll-free Paralegal Advice Line for detainees & family members of those arrested.[/p][p]Facilitation of Camp Courts: These are special court sessions, where judges are brought to the prison to consider bail applications from those charged with minor offences or where the accused is particulary vulnerable.[/p][p]Community Theatre: MBP has partnered with Nkhokwe Arts Group, a group of ex-prisoner community mobilisers who use their theatre skills to educate communities & prisoners on their right to bail.[/p]

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Oct 25, 2021

Anonymous

Well done Steve!

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Oct 22, 2021

Emily

Well done Steve!! Amazing work! Hope the feet are feeling better?!


Oct 14, 2021

Anonymous


Oct 13, 2021

Megan McKeigue - Terrells Solicitors

Well done!

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Oct 8, 2021

Janice

Well Done Steve

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Oct 7, 2021

Elaine

Well done Steve - New - Elaine - TG Baynes

£26.00

plus £6.50 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2021

Len Loewith

£50.00


Oct 6, 2021

Anonymous

Well done!

£10.45

plus £2.61 Gift Aid


Oct 5, 2021

David Thomson

Well done ya mad fecker

£20.00


Oct 4, 2021

Stephanie Mendoros

Well done Stephen!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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