Congratulations to our Director of Marketing and Fundraising, Sue McEniff, who was the runner-up in a category of 16 other finalists in the ‘Outstanding Women of Charity Impact – Charity and Voluntary Award 2019’ category of the East Midlands Women’s Awards held recently in Nottingham, in recognition of her work here at Charity Link.
Thanks to the fundraising shows of Sir Ian McKellen earlier this year we are working with the Curve Theatre in Leicester to again offer a free festive theatre experience to vulnerable families this Christmas. Families will get to watch the popular ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ production.
A warm welcome to the latest member of our Proud Business Supporter Club Cunningtons Accountants. Find out how they and other local businesses are helping to keep local people warm, safe and fed whilst enjoying a range of benefits at www.charity-link.org/pbs
If you visit the Asda store on Abbey Lane, Leicester between now the end of December, please consider using your green token to vote for us to help us receive £500 – a fantastic sum which, due to our unique way of working, we could use to untap £2,500 worth of essential items for local people in need.
Thanks to all the teams who joined us to take on the Spanish Bay Golf Course (via the technology at the Leicester Golf Centre in Oadby!) last night. We had a great night and hope you did too. Plus lots raised to help ensure local people in need are warm, safe and fed. Congratulations to Matthew, Josh, Robert and Rebecca of Rowley’s Chartered Accountants who won the competition and received a Spanish themed hamper to enjoy. We are planning another event for next year so let us know if you fancy joining us (suitable for keen golfers or those new to the sport!).
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks which took place yesterday.
100 challengers braved and completed the route and the rain didn’t dampen spirits.
Huge congratulations to our first ever Corporate Team Competition winners – One Tentacle Loose (James, Steph, Amy, Jack and Liam – all from Octopus Energy in Leicester). For anyone who can’t believe their amazing finish time of 4.35 mins for our unique 16 mile Leicestershire 3 Peaks route, we do have photos of them at all three peaks – an amazing effort!
We have to give our admiration to Graham Grewcock who was our first challenger home yesterday in an amazing time of 2 hrs and 21 minutes – a new course record! He was followed in by our second runner Simon Congdon with 3 hours 38 minutes. Fantastic achievements!
There are lots of photos on our Facebook page.
Our Challengers look to have raised over £11,000 via the event, so huge congratulations and thank you to you all.
For those of you interested in taking part next year, the date for your diary is Sunday 27th September. We hope to see you there!
On Thursday 12th December The Little Theatre in Leicester city centre will be opening the doors for its Christmas Panto, Robin Hood, for friends and supporters of Charity Link. All proceeds from the performance will help to ensure that local people are warm, safe and fed so please do show your support and join us for a great night!
Who will join Robin’s band to stop the evil witch of Sherwood Forest?!
The show will include all the traditional panto pandemonium (including fresh cream cakes!) so get your tickets now before they sell out – all tickets cost just £10* and are available now via our website.
Tickets available now – click here for more information
Pitch your team against other businesses in the region to see who will come out as the 2019 Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Corporate Team Competition Champions!
Who will be the first company to receive Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge Corporate Team Cup!
We are now looking for teams of between 4 – 6 team members to be part of the new Corporate Team Competition – a new element of our popular Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge, a 16 mile walking (or running!) event around the beautiful Charnwood countryside.
It costs just £40 to enter a team and a £400 fundraising target which, due to Charity Link’s unique way of working, would help to provided £2,000 worth of essential items for local people in need. So by getting involved, you would be making a massive difference!
We’ll provide certificates to all Corporate Teams taking part to proudly display your efforts. And of course, if you are the winning team, you will also have the Corporate Team Cup to show off too!
However, if you want to take part and do so in at a more leisurely pace, we’d still love you to join us and each team member will get a challenge medal, certificate and goodie bag at the end. You’ll be in good company!
Have you every fancied doing something amazing for charity – ticking a long-held ambition off your bucket list whilst helping to transform the lives of local people in need?!
What about the unique experience of trekking along the Great Wall of China?
We are delighted that Koreen Hubbard from K2 Media Services Ltd in Leicester has decided to trek along the Great Wall of China to help raise funds for Charity Link. Koreen will be taking part in the trek in September. You can find out more about her trek and also support her efforts via her online sponsorship page at here .
Earlier this year, another fantastic supporter, Aime Armstrong, took on this challenge to help raise funds. Aime gave us this overview of her experience and why she decided to take part in the first place:
“I first learnt about Charity Link when I joined the Leicester Business Network (where half of the membership fee is given as a donation). Now I’m no lithe athlete, but I’m up for a challenge, so when the fabulous Dee Beckett (an amazing business coach) suggested that I join a group of ladies doing Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge I had said yes before my brain had kicked in. Little did I to know that signing up would lead me to fly half way across the world. The 3 peaks was an amazing day, as a group we raised a whopping £3,700 and it reminded me that I was capable of more than I gave myself credit for. Not only had I walked further than I ever had before, I had enjoyed every minute, met some wonderful people, raised some money and even become a cover girl (Charity Link featured my beaming face on the front of one of their magazines!!!!). So one crazy morning I decided to sign up to do a 5 day trek along the Great Wall of China.
I had always wanted to go to China, and although the thought of such a physical challenge in such an exotic location was daunting, I was determined to give it a go. I started training and before I knew it the day had arrived and I was boarding the plane with 23 other intrepid women. The trip was organised by a company called Dream Challenges, and it was a women only group, so there were lots of solo travellers. I thought I would be on my own, but when I told my Mum I was going to China, despite being 69, her response was “Can I come?”.
After an 11 hour flight mum and me tumbled sleepily into the heat of Beijing. China wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, it was both more familiar, and yet more different than I imagined. People were friendly and curious, keen to take our photos. The walks themselves were more challenging than I could possibly have imagined. Over 5 days the group walked around 50 miles, and climbed around 634 flights of stairs (that is the equivalent of climbing up the Shard twice a day, and then climbing back down again twice a day). It was worth it for the panoramic views from the wall though, and the sense of enormous peace. We often didn’t see anyone outside of the group for hours, and there was no noise, no modern world, just beautiful sunshine. After our walk we got to spend a day in Beijing visiting the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, learning about the silk trade and eating Peking Duck like the locals. My adventure to China will be one of the highpoints of my life, I achieved so much more than I thought I was capable of, laughed, drank, danced and made friends for life. Oh and I raised some money too…!
If you are thinking about doing something similar, seize the day, if someone like me can do a challenge like this, so can you!”
Thanks so much to Aime and good luck to Koreen. And, if you may be interested in taking part in a Great Wall of China Trek, or a host of other organised overseas challenges to raise funds for Charity Link, please email email@example.com or click here to read more about some of the challenges available
Photo – Aime on her Great Wall of China Trek.
We are looking for more teams of four players to join us for a fantastic evening of golf on Thursday 26th September (6pm – 9pm), taking on 9 holes of the world famous Spanish Bay Golf Course – all to help local people in need.
Taking place at the new Leicester Golf Centre (based at the Racecourse in Oadby, Leicester), teams will enjoy using Toptracer Range technology for a fun, engaging golf experience –whether you are a keen golfer or fancy trying something new.
You will take on 9 holes of this course with each bay on the driving range (for 4 players) fitted with a 21inch touch screen monitor to capture all shots that are hit and providing you with accurate ball flight data and instant tracking statistics.
To go with the Spanish theme of the night, players will also enjoy a bottle of San Miguel (or non-alcoholic drink) and nachos.
Take on other teams to see who will be crowned event champions, all whilst supporting local people in need, without the need to take a day out of the office. So why not join us for this charity golf event with a difference?
£100 per team (or £25 a player) – with everyone taking part helping to ensure that all local people are warm, safe and fed.
Contact Rachel Markham (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 222 2218 ) to register your team.