Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire announced as patron of Charity Link
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Michael Kapur OBE, has been announced as the new patron of Leicester-based charity, Charity Link.
Leading local businessman Mr Kapur succeeded Jennifer, Lady Gretton in June 2018 as the Monarch’s representative for the county, having previously been a Deputy Lieutenant. After learning of Charity Link’s work in the community, Mr Kapur was delighted to accept the charity’s invitation to become patron in February. The role will see Mr Kapur attending charity events and providing his support to further highlight the charity’s work and campaigning and fundraising activities as it approaches its 150th birthday in 2026.
Mr Kapur says; “As Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, I was honoured to be asked to become patron of such a long-standing and vital local charity as Charity Link. I am extremely proud of Leicester and Leicestershire but it is important to recognise that, whilst our county is rich in so many ways, we also have some of the highest rates of poverty in the country.
“Too few people know of the immense difference that Charity Link makes to the most vulnerable people living in our local communities and I am looking forward to shining a light on its work. I was fascinated to learn of Charity Link’s unique way of working which enables the charity to provide a huge number of vital items to those in need each year. These items can seem small but they truly help to transform lives. I am honoured to be asked to support the organisation in its plans to further support those in hardship and crisis in the future.”
Susan McEniff, Director of Charity Link, says: “At Charity Link we believe that everyone deserves the basics in life, including enough food to eat, adequate clothing and a safe, warm place to stay. We are delighted that Mike has taken such an interest in our work and feels so passionately about supporting Charity Link. We are very much looking forward to working with him to raise the profile of Charity Link so that we can help even more local people in need in the years ahead.”
Last year Mr Kapur was invited to start Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge and this September he is intending to complete this key annual Charity Link fundraising event himself with members of his family.
Charity Link was set up in 1876 in Leicester by local business people to support people in financial hardship by providing essential items. Charity Link now supports over 5,000 vulnerable people each year throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, including people affected by chronic illness, disability, mental health issues, domestic violence, redundancy, bereavement, family breakdown and also working families struggling to make ends meet. Commonly provided items include vouchers for food, school uniforms and other items of clothing, beds, fridges, cookers, along with grants to help with utilities.
Existing charity patrons include The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leicester and The Chairman of Leicestershire County Council.
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Photo attached – Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Michael Kapur OBE, starts Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge last September