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Join us for the Leicester inflatable run

On Saturday 2nd June 2018 members of the Charity Link team are taking part in the Inflatable 5k run at Leicester race course.  Whilst this event looks great fun, we know it will be much harder than it looks and will be worthy of earning some vital sponsorship!

If you may be interested in joining ‘Team Charity Link’ for this event, please contact Rachel – Tel 0116 222 2218 or email rachel.markham@charity-link.org 

 

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Impact Review 16/17 now available

Charity Link’s impact review for the financial year 2016/17 is now available.

This is currently being posted to supporters, or you can download your copy here.

Read more about the difference your support has made and how, together, we are helping to change the lives of so many local people living in hardship or crisis.

We have:

  • Raised over £881,000 in charitable funds for local people in desperate need
  • Changed the lives of 5,269 local people, 38% of whom were deprived children and young people
  • Provided 4,244 items including beds, cookers, clothing and mobility items, along with supporting those in food and fuel poverty

Thank you so much!

 

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We are the Leicester Mercury Business Awards ‘Not for Profit Organisation’ of the year!!!

We are delighted to have been presented with the ‘Not For Profit Organisation’ award at the prestigious Leicester Mercury Business Awards which took place last night (12th April).

The awards recognise the achievements of the leading local businesses and it is wonderful that the awards also highlight the achievements of charities and organisations working to improve our local communities.

We were shortlisted alongside two other fantastic local organisations – Soft Touch Arts and Leicestershire Cares – so very tough competition!  To have our unique work – linking with many fantastic local organisations to help local people in need – recognised in this way is great news. We hope that going forward the award will encourage others to find out about and support our work, for the benefit of the thousands of local people living in hardship and crisis.

Susan McEniff, Director at Charity Link, says: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the small but dedicated team at Charity Link for their tireless hard work, enthusiasm and passion.  I would also like to say a massive thank you to our supporters, without which we would not be able to make such a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable local people”.

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Join the Pedal Party on 3rd June!

Like biking or want an incentive to get a bit fitter?

Love the fresh air and views at Rutland Water?

Keen to help change the lives of local people facing hardship or crisis?…..

Then why not join the Charity Link team entering this year’s Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray Pedal Party on Sunday 3rd June?

We will be undertaking the Long Cycle Track Route (17 miles) which starts from the Whitwell Car Park at 10.30am. There is also a Short Cycle Track Route of miles which starts at 10.45am

There is an entry fee to the Rotary club of £10 for those over 12 years (children 5 – 11 years: £5. Under 5s are free). The entry fee includes finish line BBQ and drink.

Entrants then also raise sponsorship for their chosen charity and we’d love you to join the party using their pedal power to raise funds for Charity Link!

Get in touch with Sue McEniff for more details and an entry form:  Susan.mceniff@charity-link.org or call 0116 222 2212.

 

 

 

 

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A Bellyful Of Laughs wins Comedy Festival Award!

Last night (26th March) we were delighted to receive the ‘Community Award’ at the annual Leicester Comedy Festival Awards, in recognition of our A Bellyful of Laughs event, which took place at The Fish and the Chip Restaurant in February.

We were delighted to accept the award at the newly re-opened Haymarket Theatre, along with local comedian Anthony King.  Anthony has been with us over the eight years we have run this event and not only performs himself, he also finds other performers and gives invaluable advice.

The awards night was fantastic, with the opportunity to hear from Nicholas Parsons, who was presented with the ‘Legend of Comedy’ Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Anthony, the other comedians who performed on the night – Graeme Collard, Dave Fensome, Jules Oliver and Phil Lucas – along with Aatin and the team at The Fish & The Chip for making the night such a success.

We would also like to thank each and everyone one of you who has supported A Bellyful of Laughs, not only in 2018 but also in previous years. You have helped to raise nearly £10,000 for local people in hardship and crisis.

We are already looking forward to A Bellyful of Laughs 2019 – we hope to see you there!

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Charity Link Nominated for Leicester Mercury Award

We are delighted to have been announced as a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Business Awards 2018 (Not For Profit Organisation category).

It is fantastic for the charity to be recognised in this way and please wish us luck for April 12th when the winners are announced.  Also shortlisted are Soft Touch Arts and Leicestershire Cares.

Good luck to the other businesses and organisations who have also been announced as finalists. #LMBA2018

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Curve and Charity Link join forces to help create a magical Christmas for local people in need

We are very excited that this Christmas CURVE theatre, Leicester will be opening the doors to its two Christmas productions on Saturday 15 December, exclusively for local people in hardship and crisis.

The idea for this special event came from Rachel Hargrave, Director of Leicestershire agency RDZ PR, a long-term supporter of Charity Link and Business Sponsor of the Curve.

1,200 seats have now been reserved for clients of Charity Link and our network of supporting agencies.

Guests will enjoy a Curve Christmas production on the day, and will also receive a hot meal, show programme, drinks during the interval and an ice cream.

Local businesses are being asked to support the event, which we hope will leave a lasting legacy.

If you can put is in touch / highlight this event to any local businesses who may be interested in sponsoring 10, 50 or 100 seats we would be very grateful.

For more information visit www.charity-link.org/magical-christmas

Chris Stafford, Chief Executive of Curve talks to Martin Ballard on BBC Radio Leicester about the event on Monday 5th March – click here to listen to the interview.

 

 

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Leicestershire 3 Peaks registration is now open!

Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge 2018 is now open for registration!

Taking place on Sunday 23rd September, join us to walk or run the 16 mile (approx.!) route which starts and ends at Bradgate Park and takes in the peaks of Beacon Hill, Bardon Hill (Leicestershire’s highest point) and Old John Tower in Bradgate.

Feedback from the 60 challengers who took part last year was brilliant and we’d love to have even more people joining us to walk or run the challenge this year.  With an early bird registration of £10 until 8th April, what are you waiting for?!

All the details can be found at www.charity-link.org/leics3peaks

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Thank you for supporting Poverty Action Week

Poverty Action Week, our fundraising and awareness week, took place from 22nd –28th January and encouraged everyone to join us in #GainingAGlimpse into what it is like to face hardship.

We were delighted that Jon Ashworth MP, Leicester South, Nicky Morgan MP, Loughborough and The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester supported a joint letter by Charity Link Director, Susan McEniff and Trustee Professor Surinder Sharma to key decision makers throughout Leicestershire to highlight the week and to encourage them to support Wear a Funky Scarf Day on Friday 26th.  Jon and Nicky also kindly wrote to schools in their area to encourage support.

We are very grateful to all the wonderful schools, pupils and staff who supported the day.  We visited Charnwood Primary in Leicester and Woodcote Primary in Ashby ourselves to thank the children for their support which was fantastic.

Thanks to everyone else ‘getting funky’ including Rendall Primary School, Business Live Networking, Simon Cole, Chief Constable of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Ian and the team at Corby Library, the team at Ashby Life,  EHL Commercial Law, Leicester City Women’s Football Team, Humphrey Perkins School and Uplands Junior LEAD Academy.

We would also like to thank guests who joined us for our first ever sleepover on Saturday 27th.  The idea of the sleepover was to raise sponsorship as part of our #GainingAGlimpse activity, thinking about what it is like to live in hardship and to go without some of the basics in life that many Charity Link clients have faced – such as being without a warm place to stay and a comfortable bed to sleep on.

Whilst the night was relatively mild for January, it was still very cold in the early hours (guests stayed from 8pm until 8am the next morning in the Charity Link courtyard in Leicester city centre). It was a tough night for all who took part, but eye opening and lots of interesting conversations took place around hardship, but plenty of laughter too.  We believe that over £2,500 has been raised in sponsorship which is brilliant.  Feedback has also been so positive that we plan to run the event again next year!

Special thanks to Cherizina Coffee, Matt Glover Photography, Leicester Media Online and everyone else who supported this event.

 

Lots of photos from Poverty Action Week can be found on our Facebook page.