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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 susan.mceniff@charity-link.org.

If you would like to book online then please click on www.justgiving.com/leicestercharitylinkgolfday.
 

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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.”

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Fashion lovers raise £600 for Leicester Charity Link

Fashion lovers were treated to a Midsummer Madness fashion show by Debenhams at The Almanack, Highcross, Leicester, on what was a glorious midsummer evening. An amazing £600 was raised on the night all in aid of Leicester Charity Link.

Guests relaxed and enjoyed the show with a glass of bubbly and canapés all in the elegant surroundings of The Almanack. For shopaholics there were plenty of opportunities to indulge and purchase gorgeous jewellery and silks from Emily Jane and designer shoes from Kindred Soul. For those who needed their nails done then Thiaras Beauty was on hand.

Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing & Fundraising at Leicester Charity Link, said “I would like to thank everyone who supported our event to ensure that it was a great success. It was a fantastic evening and due to the way in which we work we will be able to convert the £600 raised into £3,000 by accessing charitable funds that are available to help individuals in need. All of that £3,000 which will go to those in desperate need in our community.”

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One Passion, One Leicester, One Stage

The City of Leicester College will be hosting an event to celebrate Leicester. The One Passion, One Leicester, One Stage event will be held at The City of Leicester College, Downing Drive, Evington, Leicester on Saturday 19th June, starting at 12pm.  Entry is free and there will be fun for all the family, including circus skills, talent show, climbing wall, sporting activities, Lemon Jelly Arts and Shimla Pink. Leicester Sound and Filbert the Fox will be entertaining the crowds and Leicester Charity Link will be raising awareness of their vital work within the community.

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor, Councillor Colin Hall, patron of Leicester Charity Link, will be officially opening the event at 12pm. 

Mel Tomlinson, Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator of The City of Leicester College, said “The students decided they wanted to create an event that would celebrate the rich diversity of our college community. What started as a small idea in a Year 7 Enterprise Day has turned into a fantastic, fun day for the whole family and local community.”