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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:

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

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A Bellyful of Laughs tickets on sale now!

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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Will you be getting FUNKY in January?

Our annual dress up event, Wear a Funky Scarf Day, will take place on Friday 25th January 2019.

We’d love to hear from schools and businesses who are interested in getting involved – we really need your support!

The day is so simple; wear your favourite or most funky scarf and give a donation of your choice or organise extra fundraising activities on the day.

Funds raised will help local people to be warm, safe and fed this winter.  Raise just £25 and you’ll help to buy a bed for a local child in need.

You can order a fundraising pack (containing stickers and balloons) to support the day or just take part (we’d love to see your photos).

Find out more about Wear A Funky Scarf Day here

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Sleepover 2019 info pack now out!

Our first every Sleepover in January was such a success that we are running the challenge again in 2019!

Can you last from 8pm on Saturday 26th January until 8am on Sunday 27th January out on the cobbles of the Charity Link courtyard in Leicester City Centre?

To find out more visit our Sleepover page and download our info pack now.

Registration is £15 and challengers are asked to raise £60+ in sponsorship (enough to buy a bed and bedding for two local people in need).

Full details here

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Win Curve Membership and a Giant Chocolate Santa!

Take part in our Christmas Silent Auction for the chance to win fab prizes whilst helping to raise funds!

Thanks to Rachel at RDZ PR, we’ve got four Curve Theatre memberships up for grabs (which you can use for yourself or as a present for a friend or family member).

Benefits of Curve membership include:

  • 15% discount on up to four tickets per production (restrictions may apply, please check the individual show pages for further information)
  • 2-for-1 tickets on selected shows
  • Priority booking
  • 20% off at Curve’s Stage Door Bar and Green Room Café
  • City discounts
  • Invitations to four Members events per year

We’ve also got an enormous chocolate Santa up for grabs.  He is huge!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of bagging one of these fab prizes is to contact us and let us know your bid for which item (the amount you agree to donate if you are one of the four highest bidders for the Curve membership and the highest bidder for the Giant Santa) by noon on Friday 30th November 2018.

We’ll then contact you if you are a winning bidder and once donations are received you can claim your prize!

Email now with your bid and good luck!

(Each item has a reserve of £20. The Giant Santa will need to be collected from the Charity Link offices in Leicester City Centre or can be posted at winners expense).







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Christmas concert in aid of Charity Link

Join the Rotary Club of Leicester for a fundraising concert at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Church Lane, Knighton on Wednesday 12th December.

The church, which can trace its history back to 1097 (although the earliest part of the building, the tower, is from the 13th century), will provide a magical setting for the evening which will feature the Leicester South Salvation Army Band who will be playing a full programme of Christmas music and carols by candlelight.

Suitable for young and old, tickets are £8.00, and will include mince pies and mulled wine. Proceeds from the event will kindly be donated to Charity Link (current Rotary Club President, Colin Derrick, has pledged to raise £20,000 for Charity Link during his year in office).

The event starts at 7.30pm and will be a wonderful lead in to Christmas, whilst also helping to support local people in hardship and crisis.

Tickets are available now in our online shop at



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Desford Divas get read to tackle the Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge


A group of 16 friends from Desford are getting ready to tackle the Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge on 23rd September to help provide food, clothing and beds for local families in need.

Led by team captain Dee Beckett, the Desford Divas have been training hard for the challenge and organising fundraising events, including a curry night for friends and family, to help reach their goal of raising £1,600 for Charity Link, and are hoping to get to £2,000.!

Dee, who lives in Desford and runs Mosaic, a company which coaches local businesses to grow and improve their performance, says: “I met some of the team at Charity Link through business networking, and was really inspired to get involved, after learning more about the charity. I not only want to raise vital funds but I also really want to increase awareness  of the fantastic work this charity undertakes as many people don’t know about Charity Link and yet it helps to improve the lives of over 5,000 people each year in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – our very own community.“

“We have a fantastic group of ladies in the village who are passionate about our community and they were really up for this challenge when I told them about it. The support we’ve received so far has been brilliant and we are delighted to have already raised over £1,000.  We’ve been on a number of training walks together so we should be able to enjoy the challenge and finish without too many aches and pains! We are already looking forward to a well earnt glass of bubbles at the end and hope by then to have smashed our fundraising target so that Charity Link can provide even more essential items to improve the lives of local people in hardship and crisis.”

Anyone wishing to lend their support to the Desford Divas can sponsor the team by visiting

Thanks for taking part ladies!


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Join us for a barn dance on 8th Sept

We are really excited to be hosting a Barn Dance (in an actual barn!) at Bawdon Lodge Farm in the heart of Charnwood Forest on the evening of Saturday 8th September 2018.

So make the most of the last days of summer, dust off your checked shirts and get ready to party!

This event is held in conjunction with another amazing local charity, Living Without Abuse  and all profits made from the event will be split between the two charities – so please do join us if you can.

We’ve a fantastic live band with caller to make sure you have a great night, whether you are a barn dance pro, or like many of us, have never attended one before!  We hope you will get up and dance,  but if you fancy observing from the side we are sure you will still have a fab time. There will also be some games and activities on the night and the bar will be open throughout (Burleighs gin, which is made on the farm, is a speciality).

Tickets for the event are £20 which includes entry and food.

Food served will be a ‘Luxury Ploughman’s Platter’ selection. Sweet treats will also be served.   There will be plenty for meat and non-meat eaters but do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

The farm is located close to Loughborough and less than 30 minutes drive from Leicester City Centre.  (Full address of the venue below).  There is plenty of free parking at the venue.

Book your tickets now in our online shop.  

Simply click on the ‘Barn Dance’ icon and add the quantity of tickets you require to your shopping basket, add your contact details and you can pay online via Paypal or if you require you can send a cheque to us.  We will confirm your booking and send you last minute details prior to the event (you won’t need a ticket, just check in with our hosts on arrival).

If you have any questions  about this fantastic event, please email or call 0116 222 2218.

Advance tickets only.

Bawdon Lodge FarmNanpantan Road, Nanpantan, Loughborough, LE12 9YE  (Directions to the farm)

(Please note – 8th September is a date change from the provisional date of 23rd June as mentioned in our spring newsletter).

*subject to change

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New Rotary Club of Leicester President pledges to raise £20,000

Colin Derrick, who became President of The Rotary Club of Leicester at the beginning of July, has pledged to raise over £20,000 for Charity Link during his year in office.

Colin, who has been a member of the club for four years, learnt of Charity Link’s work last year and plans to raise the funds via a number of events, including coffee mornings, a Go Kart Tournament, an event at The Little Theatre and a grand gathering, a coming together of the community, during April 2019.

Colin says: “During my year in office I want to bring the community together and will be focusing on celebrating all areas and all members of our wonderful city. When my Presidency was announced I also knew I wanted to raise a significant sum for a local charity which makes a huge impact and I love the fact that both our organisations have been making a difference in Leicester for over 100 years!

“Although Charity Link has such a long history in Leicester and improves the lives of over 5,000 people each year, I know that many people are still unaware of its contribution to our city. I hope that, along with raising vital funds, we will shine a spotlight on this amazing organisation. It would also be fantastic to attract new members who see what a difference Rotarians make so we can continue Leicester Rotary Club’s wonderful legacy in the future, with our motto being ‘service above self’.

The Rotary Club of Leicester has 70 members, drawn from men and women living in, or whose business serves, the city of Leicester.  The club meets on a Monday lunchtime at the Mercure Leicester Grand Hotel.