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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.

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Halloween Fire Walk

Join us for some frightfully fun fundraising on the evening of Thursday 25th October as we host a Halloween Fire Walk at Bawdon Lodge Farm .

Are you brave enough to take on the challenge?

Is this an experience that has been on your bucket list for a while?

Do you want to do something amazing to help change the lives of vulnerable local people?

Then join us– along with some witches, ghosts and ghouls – to walk on hot coals to raise vital funds!

Bring spectators along to support you (the bar at the farm will be open – the farm is the home to Burleighs Gin!) and help us to make this a night to remember.  No training is required but you will take part in an engaging briefing on the night to help get you ‘in the zone’. You’ll then go barefoot and walk over a bed of red hot embers to help change local lives!

The farm at Nanpanton (easy to find, close to Loughborough town centre and less than 30 mins drive from Leicester city centre) will be a fantastically eerie setting for this unique experience.

Registration* is £50 to help cover costs.  Challengers then have a fundraising target of £100+ which can be raised via sponsorship or general fundraising activities, such as a raffle or cake sale.

Limited places are available so don’t miss out – contact us now for an information pack!  Email 

Event held in conjunction with Living Without Abuse.

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Spring newsletter out now

Our spring newsletter, packed with client stories, past and forthcoming events, campaigns and news on how your support is making a difference to the lives of local vulnerable people, is currently winging its way to supporters.

If you don’t currently receive a copy and would like to in the future, please email us ( You can choose to receive the newsletter by post or email.

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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 


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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”.