Leicester Rotary Club President raises £20,000 for Charity Link during his year in office

Colin Derrick has raised £20,000 for local charity, Charity Link, during his year as President of The Rotary Club of Leicester, which comes to an end this month.

Colin set the ambitious target last July and he has since been busy organising a variety of fundraising activities and events, including an online auction of promises, theatre trips, raffles, a Christmas carol concert and a guided tour of the gardens and picnic at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire – all to raise funds to support Charity Link’s work helping local people in hardship or crisis.

Due to Charity Link’s unique way of working (for every £10 donated Charity Link can untap £50 from charitable trusts across the UK – all of which goes to support local people in need) the funds will actually help to provide £100,000 worth of essential items, including food, clothing, beds, cookers and mobility equipment.

Colin says: “I am delighted to have reached the fundraising target I set 12 months ago.  It was harder than I could have ever imagined, but I am extremely thankful for the tremendous support I have received from fellow Rotary Club members and the wider community – and not least my wife Elaine who has made more sandwiches and cakes than I care to remember!

“I have learnt so much about Charity Link’s vital work here in Leicester over the past year and I am extremely proud of the difference these funds will make to help improve the lives of local people in need.”

Susan McEniff, Director of Charity Link adds: “Colin has worked so hard during his year in office, not only to raise this fantastic amount of money, which will make a huge and tangible difference to vulnerable local people, but also to shine a much-needed spotlight on Charity Link’s work by giving numerous talks to organisations and local businesses about how they can lend their support.  We hope he now enjoys a well-deserved rest!”

The Rotary Club of Leicester has 60 members, drawn from men and women living in, or whose business serves, the city of Leicester.  The club meets on a Monday lunchtime at the Mercure Leicester Grand Hotel.

Charity Link works to ensure that all local people have their basic needs met, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be experiencing.  Last year the charity provided over £700,000 of essential items to individuals in need, including food, clothing, beds, cookers and mobility equipment.




Photo:  Colin Derrick, President of the Rotary Club of Leicester (July 2018 – June 2019) presents a cheque for £20,000 to Sue McEniff, Director of Charity Link


For more information contact:

Rachel Markham, Communications and Fundraising Officer  – Charity Link

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


Notes to editors:

The Rotary Club of Leicester was founded in 1916 and is one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the United Kingdom, with approximately 70 members, drawn from men and women living in, or whose business serves, the City of Leicester. The Club’s accent is on fellowship, and on service projects for the benefit of those less fortunate than the membership. Directly, and through the worldwide Rotary movement, the Club cares for the local community and for the world through international service, particularly in developing countries such as water purification and supply projects. Equally, Rotary cares for the people of the world through programmes such as the Rotary Foundation which among many other things provides scholarships for young people to study in other countries


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 www.charity-link.org or by calling 0116 222 2200. On Twitter @charitylink and Facebook /charitylink