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Vote for Leicester Charity Link and help raise £6,000!

Please help Leicester Charity Link win £6,000 and you will ensure that £30,000 goes to help those in desperate need in our community… all we need is a few minutes of your time and your vote!

NatWest are running the Community Force Awards this year and three projects in each Community Force area will receive £6,000! Please vote for Leicester Charity Link today.

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Please forward onto friends, family and colleagues – every vote counts and could help us win an amazing £6,000 – which means you will ensure that a huge £30,000 will help those in desperate need in our community.

Please vote now, voting closes on 23rd October.

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LEICESTER CHARITY LINK GOLF DAY

Flowers Associates and Creative 62 will be hosting a golf day to raise much needed funds for Leicester Charity Link. The golf day will take place on Friday 7th October in the beautiful surroundings of Stapleford Park. Anthony King, local comedian and golfer, will be on hand to entertain guests with his unique brand of dry wit and observational comedy. Proceeds raised on the day will be donated to Leicester Charity Link.

This golfing experience costs £250 for a team of four, which includes tea, coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, 18 hole green fees at Stapleford Park and a two course buffet lunch served in the grand hall. An awards presentation and raffle will also take place on the day. To book a team please contact Susan McEniff at Leicester Charity Link on 0116 222 2212, email susan.mceniff@charity-link.org or book online at www.charity-link.org/events.

Adam Flowers, Consulting Director at Flowers Associates, said “last year was the first time we held an event like this and I’m glad to say it was a huge success. I am delighted to be involved again this year”

Mark Robinson, Director at Creative 62, said “We’ve been developing our relationship with Leicester Charity Link for a while and looking for a suitable opportunity to get involved. The golf day is perfect and will allow us to both support the charity and entertain some of our golfing clients. We’re looking forward to a great day.”

Flowers Associates are a recruitment consultancy based in Rothley. They specialise in the accountancy, finance, HR, sales and clerical sectors, offering a friendly, professional service with lasting results.

Creative 62 are a design business based in Enderby. They work for both local and national clients optimising marketing spend through results-driven design.

Leicester Charity are a local charity helping vulnerable children, young people, families and the elderly who are experiencing poverty, hardship or crisis throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Each year the charity helps over 5,000 vulnerable people by providing items that most of us take for granted such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to prepare a hot meal and, in emergencies, food! These items may not cost much but they can make a massive difference and change people’s lives for the better.

For further information please contact Susan McEniff on 0116 222 2212, or emailsusan.mceniff@charity-link.org or visit www.charity-link.org.

Leicester Charity Link, 20a Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN.

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BUSINESS WOMAN IN FINAL WEEKS BEFORE CHARITY KILIMANJARO TREK

Local businesswoman Rachel Hargrave is now only weeks away from beginning her journey to scale the world’s highest freestanding mountain in aid of Leicester Charity Link. Rachel has managed to raise £380 so far but is planning a final push of fundraising before the trek begins on the 14th September.

Rachel, managing director and founder of The Phoenix Partners, a brand, design and PR agency based in Sileby, will travel to Tanzania to carry out a twelve day climb. The route will culminate in views from the Uhuru Peak which at 5895m is the highest point in Africa.

Commenting on the challenges and risks ahead, Rachel said: “Mountain sickness can strike anyone at anytime, but it didn’t hit me when I trekked to Everest Base Camp so I’m reasonably confident. I have a mountain to climb, but boy am I going to do it! It’s all about getting into the zone as it’s the last bit that’s the slog and scrambling up scree can be soul destroying at the best of times let alone when you’ve been trekking since midnight!.

“But the challenge that I will face is no less than a lot of people face every day of their lives as a result of poverty, family break ups or loss.”

The Lemosho route Rachel will be taking is one of the least trekked. It approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and crosses the caldera of Shira Volcano before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest volcano.  

In 2007 Rachel trekked to Everest base camp and already has her sights on completing another of the world’s seven highest summits next year when she takes on Mount Elbrus. Her big ambition is to complete the seven summits over the next 7 years – one mountain a year.

For every £10 donation the Charity raises £50 from charitable trusts. A donation of just £10 provides £50 worth of food vouchers or a donation of £20 can buy a bed for a child to sleep in. In 2010 Leicester Charity Link raised over £724,000, changing the lives of 5,495 people in desperate need throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Speaking on behalf of the charity Susan McEniff, director of marketing and fundraising, said: “We were thrilled when Rachel called to say she wanted to dedicate her walk to us.  Every penny will help us to reach local people and children in desperate need and make a real difference to their quality of life.”

To support Rachel in her Kilimanjaro quest please visit www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Hargrave or for more information about Leicester Charity Link please call 0116 222 2200 or visit www.charity-link.org.

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Amie’s time at Leicester Charity Link

Hello my name is Amie Gohil I am 10 years old and I am going to tell you how I started to help Leicester Charity Link.

One day my dad was putting me to bed and I asked him, “daddy I want to help all the poor children and poor families.” My dad said “what a fantastic idea” he also said “first of all you have to find out what charity you want to do it for” and I said “okay.”

So the next day I said to my dad, “can you help look up a charity that I could help” and my dad said “type in Charities in Leicester.” So I did, the first charity I saw was Leicester Charity Link so I clicked on the website and I saw that it was the type of charity I could help. So I read it and wanted to contact the charity to say I want to help. When I called them the first person I spoke to was Susan McEniff, she was very polite on phone and booked me in for 21st of July for a meeting. When we met we chatted and Susan told us all about what the Charity does and how they help.

Susan said it would be fine for me to come back and stay to help. So I came back on the 5th of August I helped a very nice lady called Linda, another nice lady called Sam, another nice lady called Della and the best Susan. Susan was the one that made me a website on Justgiving mine is called www.justgiving.com/Amie-Gohil and it was great fun.

Susan also booked me in for the 2nd of September and that day was even better than before. I met the same fantastic people, shall I tell you why I like all the people that work at Leicester Charity link? It’s because they always have a smile on their faces.

But the main thing is how much money I raised from my sponsored swim.

It is a grand total of:

£580.00

And my percentage is

1160%

A lot, I know!

I raised

£446.00 online

and

£134.00 offline

And £74.00 Gift Aid plus supplement.

Thank you for reading for my Journal.

From Amie

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Bistro Live to celebrate 10th birthday with bonanza charity week

Leicester party venue Bistro Live will be marking its 10th year of being the life and soul of the city with a week of events dedicated to fundraising on behalf of Leicester Charity Link.

The week long celebration in November aims to raise as much as it can through a special five night series of themed parties with live entertainment, competitions and activities.  The aim is to both thank customers for their support and put something back into the local community in which they live. 

A highlight of the week will be a VIP Birthday Celebration Evening complete with live band. Information on how to win or purchase tickets for all the events will be announced in due course.

Bistro Live has always demonstrated its passion for fundraising and during the last ten years and to date has helped to raise thousands of pounds through special events.   One of the most successful fundraising initiatives in recent months has been its offer to host a party night for friends and supporters of local schools.

Business Development Manager of Bistro Live Theresa Abbott, spoke of the plans: “It’s going to be a fantastic week and the perfect way to launch our busy Christmas party season.  If there’s anyone who knows how to throw a good party it’s the team at Bistro Live and we’ll be going all out to make every night memorable for everyone who comes along.  We’ll be inviting back regular customers who have made us their venue of choice for their special occasions over the years as we look to celebrate our own birthday celebration in style, as well as raise a significant amount of money for Leicester Charity Link.”

Speaking on behalf of the charity Susan McEniff, director of marketing and fundraising, said: “We’re very excited at the thought of not only raising lots of money but letting lots of people know about the work we do.  All our efforts go into supporting local people and children here in the city and throughout Leicestershire, and ensuring that every penny raised makes a valuable difference to someone’s quality of life.”

Bistro Live’s Leicester city centre location on Charles Street has a capacity of 275 and was the first of three set up in the East Midlands and Buckinghamshire, followed by successful launches in Nottingham in 2002 and Milton Keynes in 2003.  The Leicester venue also hosts Business Live UK, a networking group conceived by Bistro Live, which brings together between 80 to 100 business owners and senior decision makers every month.

In 2010 Leicester Charity Link raised over £724,000, changing the lives of 5,495 people in desperate need throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Items bought include beds, clothes, school uniforms and wheelchairs.  For every £10 donation the Charity raises £50 from charitable trusts.

For more information about Bistro Live call Theresa Abbott on 0845 33 11500, or to contact Leicester Charity Link please call 0116 222 2200.

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Treasure Hunt raises £2,300 for those in desperate need

Solicitors, accountants, tax advisers and web designers were among local business professionals who turned super sleuth to raise money for Leicester Charity Link.

Using their local knowledge, powers of observation and some lateral thinking the 19 teams competed in the Powrie Appleby Treasure Hunt held in aid of the charity.

The event, which cost £5 per person to enter, involved solving a series of intriguing clues and carrying out some rather unusual challenges while pounding the streets of Leicester.

Starting out from the Almanack pub in High Cross, the timed route took in a number of historic sites including the Town Hall, Guildhall, Cathedral, Leicester Market and High Street.

And as well as answering questions about the city’s rich heritage, competitors  also sought to outdo each other in quirkier tasks such as taking pictures of a dog with a pigeon on their mobile phones.

A team from New Walk law firm Harvey Ingram LLP emerged as the winner with Syston-based web designers Easytiger and Leicester solicitors Bray & Bray coming second. Easytiger’s team was awarded bonus points for choosing the option of wearing novelty headgear.

Leanne Hathaway, senior tax manager at Powrie Appleby and the event’s joint organiser, said the treasure hunt had really captured the imaginations of those taking part.

She added: “Many of us pass the places of interest highlighted on the  route map every day but rarely have time to stop and take notice. “A lot of our competitors said they found the event both fun and informative and thought it was a great way of helping a very worthwhile cause.”

Entrance fees and raffle money initially raised £460 for the charity but with every £10 donated attracting a further £50 from charitable trusts; the final total amounted to £2,300.

Susan McEniff, director of marketing and fundraising at Leicester Charity Link added: “This was a wonderful effort and we’d like to thank everyone who took part. We’re also grateful to The Case Wine Shop who donated the raffle prizes and Studio 68 for taking the photos for free.”

Leicester Charity Link helps tackle poverty in Leicester by providing local people who are in serious need with basic items such as a bed to sleep in and a cooker so they can make a hot meal.

Powrie Appleby based in New Street, Leicester is a regular supporter of its work and last year boosted the charity’s funds by holding a ‘Posh Pub Quiz’, also at The Alamanack.

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What children think and feel about growing up poor

“More than 3.5m children live below the poverty line in the UK, which has one of the worst child poverty rates in the industrialised world. Four youngsters explain what it is like growing up when a family has little money.

“You must be kind of bad to put people in houses like this,” says 10-year-old Paige” BBC article regarding the programme ‘Poor Kids‘ which will be featured on BBC 1 10.35pm 7th June. 

The article and programme fetaure Sam who is 11 and lives in Leicester.