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Rotary President invites you to summer evening tour of Kelmarsh Hall to raise funds

“As part of my fund raising efforts on behalf of Charity Link, I have arranged an evening tour of the beautiful gardens at Kelmarsh Hall, near to Market Harborough on Tuesday 18th June 2019. On a sunny summer’s evening it is a pleasure to have a guided tour and walk amongst the rose gardens at Kelmarsh.  Guests are invited to be there from 6.00 pm ready for the tour at 6.15 pm.The guided walk takes approximately 55 minutes and includes the ornamental gardens. It also covers an introduction to the owners of the hall and gardens and looks over the planting and design of each area of the gardens, as well as how the gardens are cared for today.  After the tour, guests are welcome to enjoy the gardens until they close at 9pm. We will provide a light summer picnic all washed down with a glass of Prosecco…The price of the guided tour, along with the picnic, will be £20.00 per person. Numbers to the tour are strictly limited , I would therefore be grateful if you could let me know by 17th May whether you are interested in joining what promises to be a most enjoyable evening. If you have any queries please just contact me”  Colin Derrrick

Call 07711 054622 to contact Colin or click here to find out more about Kelmarsh Hall.

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Increase in the number of children and pensioners in absolute poverty

New figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show an increase in the number of children and pensioners in absolute poverty.*

The increase is largely believed to be due to the freeze in working age benefits of recent years.  There are concerns that child poverty could reach a record high in future years as welfare cuts continue.

Susan McEniff, Director at Charity Link, says: “It’s a sad indictment on our society that millions of children are living in poverty and an additional 200,000 are now living in absolute poverty. Support that was designed to help the most vulnerable is now forcing so many into desperate need.  Our founders in 1876 would never have imagined that our services would be so crucial in 2019.”

Read an article in The Guardian from 28th March 2019 on the figures here.

  • In absolute poverty if income is below 60% of the 2010-11 median income, adjusted for inflation.


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See us at the Bawdon Lodge Artisan Spring Fair

Our Friends at Bawdon Lodge Farm welcome our Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challengers each year with a welcome coffee and brownie stop en-route.

On Saturday 30th March they are holding an Artisan Spring Fair – with lots of retailers selling food, drink and goodies (just in time for Mother’s Day of course!).

You can also come along and have a chat about the 3 peaks  with us (which takes place on 22nd September) and pick up registration forms.

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Can we retain our title?

After our success last year we are so delighted to be a nominee again in this year’s Leicester Comedy Festival Awards! We are up for the Community Award for our ‘A Bellyful Of Laughs’ night which took place at The Fish & The Chip in February. Huge thanks to Anthony King, our headline comedian who helps put on this fantastic night each year and to everyone who attended or supported the fundraising night. Winners are appropriately announced on 1 April. Wish us luck!

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Disappointing spring statement

Today’s Spring Statement has not brought an end to the freeze on working age benefits as many had hoped.

Read statements from Child Action Poverty and The Joseph Roundtree Foundation below for an insight on what a difference this will make to already struggling families below.

Susan McEniff, Director of Charity Link, says:

“We see on a daily basis the realities of how local families are struggling to make ends meet, including more and more working families. The benefit freeze, whilst the cost of living continues to rise, will no doubt see more and more vulnerable local people face hardship and mean that they are unable to afford the basics in life that we all deserve – such as adequate food, suitable clothing and the means to keep warm, clean and rested.”

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Collection tin homes wanted!

We’ve just counted up the loose change collected by our friends and neighbours The Two-Tailed Lion in their collection tin – another £47 in there which shows just how the pennies of customers add up!

And it really does make a difference to local people in need as (due to our unique way of working) we can turn that £47 into more than £230 worth of essential items!

We’ve just had a delivery of more collection tins and we are looking for more local businesses to lend their support by displaying a collection tin in their premises…can you help?

They are perfect for manned reception areas, in pubs, cafes, restaurants….  Email if you can help and start improving the lives of local people and children in need.

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Volunteer wanted!

Our lovely Trust Administration team is snowed under, and is in desperate need of a volunteer to help out one afternoon a week with photocopying and collating meeting papers for Trustees. We are looking for a volunteer with some office experience (including use of a photocopier, scanner and spreadsheets) and good attention to detail! If you could help, or know someone who can, then please email for further details and a volunteer application form. Thank you so much!

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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.