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Response to BBC News article – ‘I’m in work ‘but still struggling to get by’

Read the article ‘I’m in work ‘but still struggling to get by’, featured on the BBC news website.

Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Charity Link says:

“Unfortunately, Liam’s story is similar to so many we hear at Charity Link. Leicester is the 21st most deprived local authority in the country, with one in ten residents having difficulty paying energy bills or paying for food. Of those currently experiencing food or fuel poverty, two in five are in employment*. The recent report by Prof Alston, commissioned by the UN, also estimates that 60% of people in poverty are in families where someone works. These findings, and the clients we speak to week in, week out at Charity Link, highlight that – at a time when housing costs are so high and welfare support is being cut back – being in work gives no guarantees against hardship. Low-paid, part time and zero hour contract work all place huge pressures on families who spend each day struggling to get by.” 

We believe that everyone should have a decent standard of living – if you do too then make a difference today by supporting our work:

*Leicester Health and Wellbeing Survey 2018 – Leicester City Council


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Mattioli Woods joins Proud Business Supporter Club

We are delighted that Mattioli Woods has joined our recently launched Proud Business Supporter Club as a Gold Member.

Charity Link Proud Business Supporters are local businesses (of all sizes) who are passionate about ensuring that all local people have the very basics in life that we all deserve, like adequate food and clothing, a warm safe place to sleep, and the means to provide a warm meal.

Mattioli Woods is one of the UK’s leading providers of wealth management and employee benefit services, advising more than 10,000 clients and with multiple offices throughout the UK, including its headquarters in Leicester City Centre.

Yesterday (10th June)  Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Charity Link,  presented the company with their Proud Business Supporter Gold Club Member Certificate.

Mark Slaviero, Marketing Director at Mattioli Woods says: “As a proud Leicester-based business, we are honoured to support the Charity Link Proud Business Supporter Club, which brings together the business community in a great positive way to help others”.

To find out more about the PBS club and club members, click here.


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Grant from Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation enables children from deprived families to take part in student exchange

GCSE French Students at Babington Academy in Beaumont Leys are looking forward to a trip to France after a grant was awarded by Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation to enable students entitled to free school meals to take part in the exchange visit.

Their teacher Miss Baxter said, “For nearly 18 months, the students have been exchanging letters with a secondary school in Maubeuge.  It has helped to bring language learning alive for our pupils.  Getting the chance to go abroad and meet their new found friends will be a thrilling experience as many have never travelled outside Leicester before.  Over half of the students on the trip are in receipt of free school meals or pupil premium funding, and would not be able to afford to take part without financial help.  GCSE French results show that children from deprived families vastly underperform in comparison to other children.  This funding will allow us to actively diminish the difference.”

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation awarded £3,000 to enable those pupils in need of financial assistance to participate in the trip.

The Foundation offers grants to all state schools in the city of Leicester, and C of E schools across Leicestershire, for projects outside the core curriculum.

For further info please visit  Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation is administered by Charity Link’s Trust Administration Service: or click here to learn more.


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Freeths get fundraising underway

Thanks so much to Freeths Solicitors in Leicester (based at Carlton Square) for choosing us as their Charity of the Year.

The team kicked off their year of fundraising with a bake sale and dress down day, which raised a fantastic £68.62.  Due to our unique way of working (for every £10 donated we can untap £50 from charitable trusts), the team have already helped to provide over £340 of essential items to local people in need.

Partner Harjit Saund says: “Freeths Solicitors Leicester are delighted to support Charity Link as its charity of the year and look forward to raising funds to further the charity’s aim of helping to improve the lives of local people facing hardship.”

With the team setting a fundraising target of £1,000 for the year, we look forward to hearing what the team is up to next.  Thanks so much for your support!


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Barn Dance Tickets available now!

Our friends and Proud Business Supporter Club Members Bawdon Lodge Farm are kindly hosting a fundraising barn dance on the evening of Saturday 6th July to help raise funds.

Start the summer with a fantastic night out with friends – a real barn dance in a real barn!  We’d love you to join us for this fun filled evening of live music, dancing and delicious food!

We are delighted to once again have the Bedcote Ceilidh Band and their fantastic caller Martin can show you the moves if you want to join in the dancing but are not sure of your Sicilian Circle from your Longways Set!

We had a fantastic time last year (most of our guests had never been to a barn dance before) and you can watch from the sidelines or take part in every song – it is totally up to you.

Bawdon Lodge Farm’s bar will be open throughout and #teambawdon will be looking after you with their range of local beers, soft drinks and Burleighs Gin (which is distilled on the farm).

Tickets are £20 (including food and the team are also kindly throwing in a welcome drink to get your night off to a great start!). You can find more information at  or get in touch if you have any questions!

We really hope you can join us for a fantastic evening – your support will be helping to provide essential items for local people in need.


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Online Auction of Promises Launched!

Launching today and organsied as part of Colin Derrick’s fundraising for Charity Link during his year as President of the Leicester Rotary Club, you can now place bids for a range of amazing lots in an exciting online auction of promises.  Every penny raised goes to support our work and help local people in need – so why not take a look and consider treating yourself or someone you know!…

Items can be found at ( just look for Colin’s 2019 Auction for Charity Link) and the auction runs until 14th June or click here for hte direct line to Colin’s page 

Good luck!….


The first item to get a mention, and a certain future collectors piece, is the Holton Professional (promise No.12)…A special watch, and rightly so, as it was designed and developed for the special forces. It even carries a Nato stock number. Time is also a feature of two other promises. There’s a week’s holiday, in Weybourne, on the North Norfolk coast (promise No 11), another promise that might tempt is also a week’s holiday, this time in a town house on the beautiful Wirral peninsula. (promise No2)

Closer to home, but also with a relaxing theme…What about a year’s family membership to Leicester’s own Botanic Gardens ? (Promise No.9) Then of course, there’s the opportunity to stretch the mind with a year’s membership of the Arts Society, and the treasures that unlocks. (promise No.6)

If you do have an interest in Art, then there’s a choice of original Artwork from Janet  Brunton, (promise No.5), or perhaps a print might tempt, with an offer of one of only two prints, of ’Tulips’, from renowned Botanic illustrator, Beryl Sharman. (promise No.10)

Perhaps you have a special occasion coming up? Then a cake from Emilia Forrester is for you…a choice, your own design, for that Birthday, Christening, or  Anniversary? (promise No.4) Of course, all that cake could lead to tooth decay, but don’t worry, there’s a lot for for you to bid for…from Smile Essential, a complete oral tooth-care package. (promise No.7)

If you’re a high flyer…then a flying lesson is a must. (promise No.3)

And finally…a chance to make the news!!! (Literally), as you join Maurice Flynn and Victoria Hicks in the BBC studios as they prepare, rehearse, and present the news…a unique opportunity. (promise No.1)

If all that’s too exciting, why not sit down with a cup of coffee…that’s of course when you’ve learnt how to roast, grind and serve it! (promise No.8)



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Easter office hours

The Charity Link office will be open as usual over Easter excluding Good Friday (19th April) and Bank Holiday Monday (22nd April) when the office is closed.

Happy Easter!