Charity Link Director shortlisted for prestigious award

The Director of Charity Link, a charity which supporters over 5,000 people in hardship and crisis each year throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire has been shortlisted for a prestigious ‘Woman Who Achieves’ award.


Susan McEniff, who has been Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Leicester based Charity Link for 10 years, was announced as a finalist in the ‘Woman Who Achieves for a Charity’ category of the awards on International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March. Susan will face an interview with the award judges prior to the celebration luncheon at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry on 7th June when the winners will be announced.


Charity Link provides essential items, including food, clothing, beds and cookers to ensure that everyone has the basics in life, whatever crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be facing. Susan, one of two Directors at Charity Link, has been instrumental in developing a fundraising and awareness programme to ensure that the 143 year old charity is able to continue and expand the assistance offered to vulnerable people in the area in which it works, despite a challenging and ever changing environment over recent years.


Susan says: “I am proud and honoured to have been announced as a finalist in the ‘Woman Who Achieves for a Charity’ category of the Woman Who Achieves Awards. I love working at Charity Link and I am so proud of all the things that have been accomplished and the thousands of people who have been helped during my time here. I am driven by the fact that everyone in our community deserves to have the basic items that many of us take for granted in life and I am dedicated – as are the whole fabulous team at Charity Link – to ensuring that as many local people who need our support are helped as possible. Being announced as a finalist helps to shine a light on the charity I am so passionate about which is wonderful and I am very much looking forward to meeting other finalists in June.”


Founded in January 2016 by Sandra Garlick and Mark Harris, The Woman Who Achieves Awards recognise the achievements of Women in Business and aim to inspire rising stars of the future. Other categories of the awards include Woman Who Achieves for a Social Enterprise or CIC and Woman Who Achieves in Business – Inspiring and Outstanding Leader.



Notes to editors:

For details on the work of Charity Link, please contact: Rachel Markham – / 0116 222 2218

For more details of the Woman Who Awards, visit


Charity Link was established in 1876 by local business people and caring individuals to assist those in Leicester experiencing poverty, hardship and crisis. In 1975 the charity expanded its work to include the areas of Leicestershire and Rutland and in 2012 it expanded its work into Northamptonshire to reach out to more vulnerable people in the East Midlands. Though times have changed Charity Link’s services are as vital today as they were 140 years ago. Charity Link finds funding to provide items that the majority of us take for granted, such as beds, fridges cookers, clothing, and in emergencies, vouchers for food. It also offers help with mobility equipment and visual aids not available on the NHS. Its unique way of working – accessing money from charitable trusts around the UK that are available to help people in need – means that for every £10 donated Charity Link can raise £50 – all of the £50 goes to provide items for those most in need within the local community. Charity Link believes that all local people deserve a decent standard of living and should be able to fulfil their potential in life – with a right to adequate food, shelter and the means to keep warm, clean and rested – no matter what crisis, difficulty, disability or illness they may be facing. The charity currently helps round 5,000 people each year, over a third of which are children and young people. In 2015/16 Charity Link raised over £880,000 in charitable funds for those in need within our community. Further information on the charity can be found by visiting or by calling 0116 222 2200. On Twitter @charitylink and Facebook