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Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks 2019 is now open!

We’ve already had a lot of interest in our annual ‘Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge’ which takes place each September – which is fantastic!

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 22nd September and we are delighted to let you know that we are now open for registration!

All the information on the challenge can be found on the website page here, where you can also download the event information pack and registration forms.

There are a number of registration options, including (new for this year!) a Family Special and also a Corporate Team Competition.

We do hope you will consider joining us for this unique 16 mile walking or running challenge.

We are also looking for volunteers for the day and local companies who may be interested in getting involved.  There are lots of fantastic sponsorship opportunities available.

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George Oliver joins Board of Trustees

We are delighted to have welcomed George Oliver on to our Board of Trustees at our Board Meeting yesterday (5th February).

George, who is the Editor of the Leicester Mercury, has joined as a Trustee on a personal capacity and has a wealth of skills to offer to support the organisation going forward. Welcome George!

If you may be interested in finding out more about joining our Board, and what a vital contribution Trustees make to the running of Charity Link, please get in touch.

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Get your tickets for two exciting Rotary events this March

The Rotary Club of Leicester’s fundraising is Marching on…with Colin Derrick and his fellow Leicester Rotarian’s continuing to put huge efforts into raising funds to support our work.  There are two exciting events coming up in March:

On Friday 1st March join us at The Little Theatre, Dover Street, Leicester to watch ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’, a play set in Dorset during World War II which tells the story of a young evacuee, William Beech, and his friendship with old Tom Oakley. The performance starts at 7.30pm with a chance to meet the cast afterwards.  Get your tickets from our website at www.charity-link.org/shop

You are also invited to a night with a difference to hear the mysterious tale of ‘Leicester’s Greatest Show-woman’ – the elusive Mrs Austin!  Join us on Friday 29th March at 7pm at Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel, East Bond Street to hear about the famous opera singer who was a huge star in the US – until disappearing into obscurity. Few knew what happened to her – until now!  Join Professor Patrick Boylan who will reveal all – with help from Nicky Bingham (Soprano) as Mrs Austin, who will be singing Arias from Mrs Austin’s repertoire by Handle, Mozart, Arne, Rossini, Bellini and Flotow. Tickets are £12 (including refreshments) also available now from our online shop.

*Future Rotary Club of Leicester fundraising events include the Mad May Duck Race on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May.  Details coming soon!*

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Thanks for ‘Getting Funky’ this January

Thank you to all the schools, businesses, organisations and individuals who supported Wear A Funky Scarf Day on Friday 25th January – including Boolers, Bistro Live, Uplands Junior Academy, and Woodlands Primary School to name a few.

When the funds are in we will keep you posted on how much was raised.  These vital funds will help keep local people warm, safe and fed this winter.

Thanks also to Mandani School Federation who are hosting their Wear A Funky Scarf Day on Friday 15th February (remember, if the official Wear a Funky Scarf Day is not convenient, we’d be delighted for you to run your own day at any point throughout the year, and can provide posters, stickers etc. – just let us know – email rachel.markham@charity-link.org).

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Tickets now available for A Bellyful of Laughs

Join us for our annual and now award winning* ‘A Bellyful of Laughs’ event – part of the Leicester Comedy Festival – which takes place each February.

The 2019 event will take place on the evening of Thursday 7th February at the The Fish & The Chip restaurant in Leicester City Centre.

For just £25 pp you will be treated to a range of comedy acts, lead by local comedy start Anthony King, along side two courses of delicious grub.

With a raffle of great prizes on the night, last years event raised over £1,000 so this is a great way to have a fab night out whilst helping local people in need.

Tickets available now in our online shop.

We hope to see you there!

*Charity Link’s A Bellyful of Laughs event was awarded with the community award in the 2018 Leicester Comedy Festival Awards!

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Get your ‘Wear A Funky Scarf Day’ stickers and posters

We’d love to have you support for Wear a Funky Scarf Day, our annual dress up event which takes place this year on Friday 25th January.

Simply wear your favourite or most funky scarf and give a donation of your choice to help buy more essential items for local people in need.

For schools and businesses taking part, contact us for free posters to help promote the day and stickers to give out to everyone showing their support.

Full details of this event at www.charity-link.org/funkyscarfday 

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Could you brave the cold and cobbles to help buy beds for local people in need?

We are currently looking for guests to join us for the Charity Link Sleepover which starts at 8pm on Saturday 26th January in at our Leicester city centre office courtyard.

All guests have a £60 fundraising target which will actually help to provide a bed and bedding for two local people in need – so by facing a little cold and discomfort for a night you will be helping to improve the lives of people who face daily hardship.

All the details and an information pack can be found at www.charity-link.org/sleepover

If you can’t take part yourself but would like to support this event, you can support the team by giving at donation of your choice.  We have an online sponsorship page here.

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Christmas opening hours

Our Christmas opening hours are:
Close 3.30pm Christmas Eve.
Shut – Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Open as normal on 27th December.
Close at 3.30pm on New Years Eve.
Shut – New Years Day
2nd January – Open as normal
We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Thanks to everyone who helped create magic this Christmas!

Thank you so much all the amazing local businesses, organisations, trusts and others who lent their support for Magical Christmas, our event at Curve Theatre on 15th December 2018, including our key sponsors, Rachel Hargrave, Glynis Wright and Co Family Solicitors and Roy Wood.

Thanks to the support received, we were able to invite over 330 vulnerable people, including over 200 children, to this event where they got to have something hot to eat, enjoy a visit from Santa who gave out selection boxes and enjoy stories, songs and entertainment before watching either White Christmas or The Cat in The Hat.

Feedback received includes:

“Honestly thank you so much. I’ve been sat in tears over it. Been struggling so much and my daughter wanted to go and I knew I couldn’t’ afford tickets, so this is just an amazing present. I can’t thank you enough.”   

Absolutely blown away”

“My children have never been to anything like this before”

“It’s fun, I love it”

 “Truly a magical experience. Both kids couldn’t stop smiling!”

“You brought laughter to my lips at a difficult time!”

“Had a brilliant time” 

 

View some of the photos from the event on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/charitylink 

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Are you a trustee of a local charity which has received a letter regarding the Revitalising Trusts Programme? 

Local charities are being urged not to panic if they have received an email from the Charity Commission advising them to transfer their funds or wind up their charity.

The ‘Revitalising Trusts Programme’ has been targeted at charities with low levels of expenditure, and asks charities to take action within four weeks or risk being investigated.

Charity Link wants to reassure charity Trustees that there are other options available.

Director of Marketing & Fundraising, Susan McEniff, said: “Trustees may be worried about the communication they have received from the Revitalising Trusts Programme.  We want local Trustees to know that there are other options besides those detailed, and that Trustees should always seek independent advice before deciding to close their charity or transfer its assets to another body.  Charity Link would be pleased to offer advice and support to any Trustees who are worried.”

For advice please contact Susan on (0116) 222 2200 or email: susan.mceniff@charity-link.org

For details of Charity Link’s Trust Administration Services click here.