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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!

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New Proud Business Supporter Club Launched

On Thursday night, at the Leicester Mercury Business Awards, we were delighted to launch our new ‘Proud Business Supporter Club’.

Members of our Proud Business Supporter (PBS) Club 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.

As Charity Link can turn every £10 donated into £50 worth of essential items, all Proud Business Supporter Club Members will be ensuring that thousands of pounds of essential items will be provided to the most vulnerable people each year.  Being part of Charity Link’s Proud Business Supporter Club is a simple way for businesses to make a huge impact in their local community.

As well as making a huge difference (the club is all about local businesses helping local people) there are many benefits for club members.

For further details visit

We’d love to hear from local businesses who are interested in learning more.

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Charity Link up for two East Midlands Charity Awards

We are delighted to have been announced as finalists in two categories of the East Midlands Charity Awards, taking place in Nottingham on 27th January.

Thanks to your amazing support and the fantastic things we achieve together, Charity Link is in the running for the Charity of the Year Award.

Sue McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising, is also a finalist in the Director of the Year category.

We’ll let you know how we get on in June!

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Impact Review 17 / 18

 Our latest Impact Review for the last financial year is now available. As you will read, it has been a busy year!

With no end to the freeze on working age benefits, many families are continuing to struggle to make ends meet. It is hard for many to imagine that families in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire are living right now without the very basics in life that we all deserve – such as adequate food, suitable clothing and the means to keep warm, clean and rested – but that is the shocking reality. Whilst there remains a huge demand for our services, the good news is that your support is continuing to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

Together, last year, we:

  • Raised £769,161 in charitable funds for local people in desperate need
  • Changed the lives of 5,214 local people, 38% of whom were deprived children and young people
  • Provided 4,117 items, including clothing, beds, cookers, washing machines and mobility equipment, along with supporting those in food and fuel poverty

Thank you for helping to change so many local lives.

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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.