Charity Link asks you to ‘Get Funky’ on January 26th!

15th January 2018

Local charity, Charity Link, is asking you to ‘Get Funky’ on Friday 26th January by supporting its annual dress up day, Wear a Funky Scarf Day to help local people in hardship.

The annual event – part of the charity’s Poverty Action Week activities (Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th January) – encourages individuals, schools and businesses to raise vital funds by ‘funking up’ their scarves and giving a donation. The charity also encourages everyone to organise extra fundraising activity on the day, such as sweepstakes, cake sales, raffles or ‘fill the giant scarf with spare coins’.


Whilst the day aims to be great fun for those taking part at what can be a gloomy time of year, the day does have a serious message; many of the vulnerable local people that Charity Link supports are unable to afford to keep themselves warm over winter or have to make difficult decisions between ‘eating and heating’.


Susan McEniff, Director at Charity Link, says: “Many local people are currently going without the very basics in life, such as adequate food or a warm, safe place to sleep. We believe that all local people deserve a decent standard of living, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be facing.

We hope that people throughout Leicester will have a great time supporting Wear a Funky Scarf Day whilst knowing that funds raised will help to buy more essential items, such as clothing, beds and cookers to really make a difference.


Anyone interested in supporting Wear A Funky Scarf Day can contact Charity Link for a free fundraising pack containing stickers and balloons.


For those who are interested in more of a challenge, the charity is also looking for people to join its Poverty Action Week Sleepover, which takes place from 8pm on Saturday 27th January to 8am on Sunday 28th January.  Join members of the Charity Link team in gaining a glimpse into a little of the hardship many local people are experiencing right now by getting sponsored to spend the night in the charity’s courtyard in Leicester city centre.  Pre-registration for this event is essential.


Charity Link supports over 5,000 vulnerable individuals and families each year across Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. Charity Link finds funding to provide essential items, including clothing, beds, cookers, mobility equipment, grants for utilities and, in emergencies, food, for those in need. Charity Link supports people of all ages and all backgrounds who find themselves in financial hardship, including elderly and disabled people, those with a chronic illness, the victims of domestic violence, those affected by mental health problems and working families struggling to make ends meet.


For more information please visit or call 0116 222 2200


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Notes to editors:


For more information please contact:

Rachel Markham, Communications and Fundraising Officer


Call 0116 222 2218 / 07960070553


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.

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