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Leicester Tigers supporting Leicester Charity Link

Leicester Tigers are supporting Leicester Charity Link through a cashback scheme, for each ticket sold via the scheme Leicester Tigers will donate £5 to Leicester Charity Link. Tickets are prices at the standard rate for adults, concessions, students and juniors (u-16s).

The next match is:

Leicester Tigers vs London Wasps

Saturday 19 February 2011, kick off 5.00pm

To book tickets use the cashback booking form attached and return to:

Nick Smith, Leicester Tigers, Aylestone Road, Leicester,  LE2 7TR

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The UK Poverty Rip Off – Report from Save the Children

Save the Children have issued the following report today:

“Low income families are still paying more than wealthier families for basic goods and services – and energy bills are the worst offender.

Everyday necessities such as bills and insurance are costly for everyone – but for too long those on lower incomes have had to pay extra for the same energy bills, credit, cookers and other goods than wealthier families often because they do not have access to the best deals. This is simply unfair.

For a typical low income family, the extra they pay – called a poverty premium – has risen from an average of £1,000 in 2007 to £1,280 or more in 2010.

Most significant has been the rise in energy bills – and the health of low income families ultimately pays the price. The government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme will offer rebates to some, but not all those who need it.

Act now: Call for all low income families to get a rebate

Around 20% is the rising cost of gas and electricity

Average bills for poorer families are £1,134 per year, compared with £881 for wealthier families (before the latest hikes in heating prices are even taken into account). It’s feared that by 2020, the energy poverty premium could be as much as £1,800 per year.

Many parents have to choose between a hot meal or heating

Cold living conditions increase children’s susceptibility to illness and damages respiratory health. Education is also affected if there is no warm, peaceful space to do homework.

You have to prioritise heating because you have to have the house warm enough for kids”. – Lana, mum of two.”

Please click www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/50_UK-poverty-rip-off for more information.

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VAT increase hits poorest

Many of the poorest people and children within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland may suffer as a result of the VAT increase today on items such as cookers, beds and fridges.

The most vulnerable within our region rely on the services of Leicester Charity Link to provide these basic essentials. These items can help families in an emergency or when a crisis hits and also to help those who have experienced homelessness set up a new home.

Jim Munton, Director of Operations at Leicester Charity Link has warned that the VAT increase will impact significantly on the number of items that the charity will be able to provide and therefore the number of people they will be able to help.

Jim Munton – “The increase in VAT means that we will need to raise an additional £7,000 funds this year to ensure that we can continue to support the thousands of people who come to us for help. These are costs that we can’t recover as grant making charities cannot register for VAT. Charities are currently being hit from all sides, increased VAT, reduced income due to poor return on investments, reductions in government funding and increasing demand for our services”.

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Leicester Comedy Festival Event Tuesday 8th February 2011

Come and enjoy a bellyful of laughs… and food in aid of Leicester Charity Link on Tuesday 8th February 2011 at The Almanack.

Anthony King and Dave Morgan will be providing the laughs. The Almanack will treat you to an extra special comedy experience with pub bites upon arrival and a two course meal, and you will have a nice warm feeling knowing that proceeds raised will be helping local vulnerable people and children who are experiencing poverty, hardship and crisis.

Tickets cost £25* only per person, which includes entry, pub bites upon arrival, a two course meal and the comedy experience. Proceeds raised on the night will be donated to Leicester Charity Link. Tickets are limited so please book in advance.

The comedy experience starts at 6.30pm.

To book online please click www.justgiving.com/leicestercomedyfestival

*Excludes drinks

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Leicester Charity Link Golf Day raises £4,500

A charity golf day held in aid of Leicester Charity Link has raised £4,500. The event sponsored by Flowers Associates, a recruitment consultancy based in Rothley, was held in the beautiful surroundings of Stapleford Park.

Ten teams fought it out across a challenging course, on what was a cloudy but rather chilly day. Luckily help was on hand in The Pavilion whereby all golfers could relax over a two course meal and listen to golfing tales and tribulations by guest speaker Peter McGovern, Profession Golfer at The Belfry.

It was a tightly fought contest, with Charnwood Accountants emerging as the winning team. Mark King from the Charnwood Accountants team won the Nearest the Pin competition, Russ Canfield from the F&J Furniture team won the Longest Drive competition and Steve Stone from the F&J Furniture team was crowned the most valuable player.

Sue McEniff of Leicester Charity Link said: “Everyone who attended had a wonderful day and an amazing £4,500 was raised. Due to the unique way in which we work, we will be able to convert the £4,500 raised on the day into £22,500 by accessing grants for individuals in need. All of that £22,500 will go to help local vulnerable people and children in desperate need. I would like to thank Flowers Associates, all the golfers and sponsors who ensured that the day was a great success.”

Adam Flowers, Consulting Director of Flowers Associates said “Our business is all about people and it’s great to be associated with a people focussed organisation like Charity Link.  To know that we have had a hand in improving the lives’ of so many in the local community is extremely satisfying.”

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Leicester Charity Link has been nominated for the NatWest Community Fund

Thank you to everyone who nominated Leicester Charity Link for the NatWest Community Fund, we are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted along with two other charities.

Customers will now have the opportunity to vote who receives £3,000 and who receives £1,000. Voting will take place in seven local branches  from 12th October to 5th November. If you are a customer, know someone who is or are just passing then please pop in and vote for Leicester Charity Link.

Thank you for your support – we can’t do this without you.

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£500 Raised at The Leicester Charity Link Pub Quiz hosted by Powrie Appleby

It was THE pub quiz of the year and what a night it was…. 15 teams entered to compete for the coveted trophy and of course to be ‘The Brainiest Business in Leicester’.

The teams fought it out through a gruelling test of mental agility, dexterity (who could peel the longest orange peel in one go?? Well on the night 142cm was the record) and senses with the ‘Guess the Grape’ round. But of course there can only be one winner… and on the night Inventive Suggestions clinched the crown to be the pub quiz kings and queens.  

Thank you to everyone who supported the event and raising a grand total of £500. A big thank you to Powrie Appleby LLP and The Almanack for hosting the quiz.

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Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, becomes a patron of Leicester Charity Link.

Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, is to become a patron of Leicester Charity Link.

He joins the chairman of Leicestershire County Council, the Lord Mayor of Leicester and Sir Timothy Brooks KCVO as patrons of the charity which each year helps over 5,000 vulnerable people who are suffering poverty, hardship or crisis.

Dr Howard said “I am privileged to have been invited to become a patron of this most worthy of causes. The ability to link those in crisis with those able to help is crucial to the well-being of thousands in both Leicester and the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland. At a time of increasing pressure on public spending the work of Leicester Charity Link is all the more vital.”

Susan McEniff, director of Marketing and Fundraising at Leicester Charity Link, added:  “We are delighted that Dr Laurence Howard has accepted our invitation to become a patron of Leicester Charity Link. His wealth of experience and enthusiasm will have such a positive impact on our organisation.”

Dr Laurence Howard, OBE, JP, is Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. He was appointed in 2003, having served as Deputy Lieutenant since 1997. He is also a former chairman of the Central Council of Magistrates’ Courts Committees, and has served on the bench in Leicestershire and Rutland for 25 years.

Dr Howard was born in 1943 in the south of England. He took his degree in Physiological Science at the University of Nottingham and his PhD in Neurophysiology at Leicester. He joined the University of Leicester in 1974 and was appointed Sub-Dean to the Medical School and subsequently Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences. He retired from the university in 2006.

Dr Howard has been involved in various aspects of charity work and also prison visiting. He is a trustee of both Oakham School and Uppingham School, and is Honorary Air Commodore of 504 Squadron at RAF Cottesmore. He is also chairman of the Rutland Historic Churches Trust and president of both Headway and the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation.