Dust off your cowboy boots and checked shirts – there’s a hoedown in town! – Barn dance on 8th September will raise funds for two local charities

Charity Link and Living Without Abuse (LWA) are inviting you to join them for a rare opportunity to experience a traditional barn dance in a real barn – all to raise funds to help support vulnerable local people in need.

Taking place at Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpanton on the evening of Saturday 8th September, guests will experience traditional live music from The Bedcote Ceilidh Band with an expert caller on hand to make sure everyone has a great night, whether or not they have experienced barn dancing before.

Susan McEniff, Director of Charity Link, says: “Whether guests are keen to get up and dance or prefer to observe from the side, we are sure that everyone will have a great time, knowing that just by attending this fun event they will be changing lives.  Every penny raised from the night will help to ensure that all local people have the basics in life, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they are facing and that anyone suffering from domestic abuse gets the help and support they need.”

Gina King, Head of Fundraising at LWA, says: “We are really delighted to be putting on this joint event with Charity Link and it would be fantastic to fill the barn for what is going to be such a fun night. We’ve a great setting, great food and the bar will be open throughout so we hope people will get their cow boy boots and checked shirts out and get ready to party in aid of two great local causes!”

Charity Link supports people in hardship and crisis throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire by providing essential items, including food, clothing, beds, cookers and mobility items.  LWA offers help and support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse and services to people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.  The venue, Bawdon Lodge Farm, is located in the heart of Charnwood Forest and is easily accessible from both Leicester and Loughborough and has ample free parking.

Tickets for the fundraising event are £20 each, including entry and food (advance tickets only). For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.charity-link.org/barndance



For more information contact:

Rachel Markham, Communications and Fundraising Officer  – Charity Link

Email: Rachel.markham@charity-link.org   Tel: 0116 222 2218 / 07960070553


Gina King, Head of Fundraising – Living Without Abuse (LWA)

Email: gina@lwa.org.uk      Tel: 01509 550317 or 07557 770561


Notes to editors:

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 over 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.

Website: www.charity-link.org                                   Tel: 0116 222 2200.

Twitter @charitylink                                                       Facebook /charitylink


Living Without Abuse (LWA) Formerly known as Loughborough Women’s Aid Living Without  Abuse are a registered charity and have been established and supporting people in the Leicestershire area for over 30 years. We provide support to children, men and women who have had their lives shattered by Domestic Abuse. The charity was set up 1977 and is still run by unpaid Trustees.

We provide outreach support which can include practical and emotional support, court support, financial support, housing support and resettlement. LWA also run lots of group  sessions to help and support victims rebuild their lives and start planning for their futures.

Website: www.lwa.org.uk                                            Tel: 01509 550317.

Twitter: @lwaevents                                                      Facebook /lwaevents