New Leicester Rotary Club President aims to raise £20,000 during his year in office

Colin Derrick, who became President of The Rotary Club of Leicester at the beginning of July, has pledged to raise over £20,000 for local charity, Charity Link, during his year in office.

The ambitious target was set at a Rotary Club luncheon on 9th July at which Susan McEniff, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Charity Link, talked about the charity’s vital work supporting local people in crisis or hardship.

Colin, who has been a member of the club for four years, learnt of Charity Link’s work last year and plans to raise the funds via a number of events, including coffee mornings, a Go Kart Tournament, an event at The Little Theatre and a grand gathering, a coming together of the community, during April 2019.

Colin says: “During my year in office I want to bring the community together and will be focusing on celebrating all areas and all members of our wonderful city. When my Presidency was announced I also knew I wanted to raise a significant sum for a local charity which makes a huge impact and I love the fact that both our organisations have been making a difference in Leicester for over 100 years!

“Although Charity Link has such a long history in Leicester and improves the lives of over 5,000 people each year, I know that many people are still unaware of its contribution to our city. I hope that, along with raising vital funds, we will shine a spotlight on this amazing organisation. It would also be fantastic to attract new members who see what a difference Rotarians make so we can continue Leicester Rotary Club’s wonderful legacy in the future, with our motto being ‘service above self’.

The Rotary Club of Leicester has 70 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, which received the ‘Not For Profit Organisation Award’ in the Leicester Mercury Business Awards earlier this year, 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 nearly £900,000 of essential items to individuals in need, including food, clothing, beds, cookers and mobility equipment.




For more information contact:

Rachel Markham, Communications and Fundraising Officer  – Charity Link

Email:   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 or by calling 0116 222 2200. On Twitter @charitylink and Facebook /charitylink