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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

*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.

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John Lewis Leicester helps homeless set up new homes

John Lewis Leicester has donated home starter packs which will be distributed directly by Leicester Charity Link to vulnerable people moving from hostel accommodation to a new home of their own. The starter packs, worth £44 each contain basic items such as bedding, towels, toaster, kettle and kitchen utensils.

Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Leicester Charity Link, said “Many of our clients who have been living in hostel accommodation and are now moving to a home of their own, literally have nothing, no belongings, household goods or the means to go and buy the items needed.  The John Lewis starter packs contain basic things that we all need and will help those who have been homeless set up a new home of their own.  We would like to thank John Lewis Leicester for their support and we are looking forward to working together to make a real difference in our community.”

Chaz Kotecha, Marketing and Community Liaison co-ordinator at John Lewis Leicester said, “John Lewis Leicester are always keen to help out with community projects in any way we can. We are proud to support Leicester Charity Link with the starter packs and hope the packs can really make a difference.”

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Shoe Zone and Stead & Simpson raise £4,000 for Leicester Charity Link which is no mean feat

All the staff at Shoe Zone and Stead & Simpson have been busy fundraising for Leicester Charity Link at their head office and throughout local stores since November 2009. Activities have included collecting money in all of the local stores, car washing in swim wear during winter and fancy dress to boot.

Charles Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of Shoe Zone, said “We are delighted to be involved with Leicester Charity Link and see the money raised by our staff go to such worthy causes, helping many people at the very point of crisis and making a difference”

Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing & Fundraising at Leicester Charity Link, said “I would like to thank all the staff at Shoe Zone for raising an amazing £4,000. Due to the way in which we work we will be able to convert the £4,000 raised into £20,000 by accessing charitable funds that are available to help individuals in need. All of that £20,000 which will go to those in desperate need in our community!”

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Every night Stacey had to sleep on the floor

Margaret has been looking after Stacey, her grandaughter, since Stacey’s mum died after giving birth. Margaret is disabled and the family survive on disability and child benefits. Stacey’s bed was broken so she was sleeping on the floor. Margaret couldn’t afford to buy a new one. So we did, just £165 made a difference.

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Leicester Charity Link Golf Day sponsored by Flowers Associates Friday 15th October 2010 at Stapleford Park

Join us on Friday 15th October 2010 for a game of golf in the beautiful surroundings of Stapleford Park.

With ever-changing views and vistas the course at Stapleford Park is reminiscent of the great links courses of St Andrews. It’s configuration provides variety in direction and breathtaking landscapes.

Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be available upon arrival, and a two course lunch will be served in the Pavilion. Peter McGovern, Professional Golfer at The Belfry, will entertain as you relax after the day’s golfing.  Proceeds raised on the day will be donated to Leicester Charity Link.

Only £250 for a team of four, which includes:

Tea, coffee and bacon rolls on arrival
18 hole green fees at Stapleford Park
Two course buffet lunch in the Pavilion
Guest speaker Peter McGovern, Professional Golfer at The Belfry
Awards presentation, raffle and auction

How about sponsoring a hole?
Promote your business during the event for only £100 per hole!

If you would like to book a team, sponsor a hole or would like further information then please call Susan McEniff on 0116 222 2212 or email

If you would like to book online then please click on

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Counting the Costs 2010 – Families with disabled children struggle to afford food and heating

Families with disabled children are going without essentials such as food and heating. This is the norm, not a temporary crisis brought on by the economic slump.

These are the findings of Counting the Costs 2010, a survey and report from Contact a Family. The survey, a repeat of one carried out in 2008, asked over 1,100 UK parents caring for a disabled child about their current financial situation.

Key findings include:

  • Almost a quarter are going without heating (23%). Up from 16% in 2008.
  • One in seven (14%) are going without food. Down from 16% in 2008.
  • More than half have borrowed money from family or friends (51%) to keep financially afloat or pay for essentials, such as food and heating. Up from 42% in 2008.
  • More than 40% have applied for a charity grant. Up from 25% in 2008.
  • Almost three quarters (73%) are going without days out and leisure time with the family. Up from 55% in 2008.

Srabani Sen, Chief Executive of Contact a Family, said: “Many families with disabled children are in financial dire straits. Everyone has been hit hard by the recession but families with disabled children were already having to cope with a harsh combination of extra living costs and the difficulty of holding down a job and caring. These financial pressures have been worsened by the economic slump and have left many at breaking point.

“In the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review we call on the Government to pay particular attention to ensuring that families with disabled children are genuinely protected.”

Many of the parents who responded to Counting the Costs 2010 don’t work (60%) due to the difficulties of juggling employment and caring. Many parents wish to return to work, but find the lack of flexible working and the cost of childcare prohibitive, with 45% reporting they pay more for childcare for their disabled child.

Counting the Costs 2010 shows that financial difficulties have a negative impact on many aspects of life and increases families’ social isolation. Almost three quarters are going without leisure and days out and 68% are going without holidays. Even basic activities, such as swimming or going to the local park that other families take for granted, are difficult and this is worsened by a lack of money.

Srabani Sen added: “Time and time again research shows that families with disabled children have an above-average risk of living in poverty. Steps must be taken to address this imbalance from the Government, from businesses and employers, from local authorities and the voluntary sector.”