Solicitor hopes to help at free advice bureau

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SOLICITOR Patricia Wakeford is drawing upon her wealth of legal and medical experience as she takes on a role at Gosport Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Patricia, a dual-qualified solicitor and midwife, who is a clinical negligence specialist at BL Claims Solicitors, has become a trustee at the Citizens Advice Bureau, in Pavilion Way.

Patricia’s role is behind-the-scenes, working with other trustees to ensure the bureau is run efficiently and is financially sound.

The service provides free, confidential and unbiased advice on a range of subjects, including debt, benefits, housing, law, employment and discrimination.

Patricia, who lives in Havant, said: ‘As trustees we have to ensure that we have a regular stream of funding, which is quite difficult as there is a lot of competition from other charities.

‘I didn’t realise what a fantastic organisation Citizens’ Advice Gosport is until I started work as a trustee and Gosport is one area that really benefits from this service. The help that can be given to people is invaluable.’

Patricia’s previous voluntary work has included being a school governor and mentoring teenage girls for The Girls’ Network.