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Grant from Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation enables children from deprived families to take part in student exchange

GCSE French Students at Babington Academy in Beaumont Leys are looking forward to a trip to France after a grant was awarded by Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation to enable students entitled to free school meals to take part in the exchange visit.

Their teacher Miss Baxter said, “For nearly 18 months, the students have been exchanging letters with a secondary school in Maubeuge.  It has helped to bring language learning alive for our pupils.  Getting the chance to go abroad and meet their new found friends will be a thrilling experience as many have never travelled outside Leicester before.  Over half of the students on the trip are in receipt of free school meals or pupil premium funding, and would not be able to afford to take part without financial help.  GCSE French results show that children from deprived families vastly underperform in comparison to other children.  This funding will allow us to actively diminish the difference.”

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation awarded £3,000 to enable those pupils in need of financial assistance to participate in the trip.

The Foundation offers grants to all state schools in the city of Leicester, and C of E schools across Leicestershire, for projects outside the core curriculum.

For further info please visit www.anef.org.uk  Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation is administered by Charity Link’s Trust Administration Service: trustadmin@charity-link.org or click here to learn more.

 

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Freeths get fundraising underway

Thanks so much to Freeths Solicitors in Leicester (based at Carlton Square) for choosing us as their Charity of the Year.

The team kicked off their year of fundraising with a bake sale and dress down day, which raised a fantastic £68.62.  Due to our unique way of working (for every £10 donated we can untap £50 from charitable trusts), the team have already helped to provide over £340 of essential items to local people in need.

Partner Harjit Saund says: “Freeths Solicitors Leicester are delighted to support Charity Link as its charity of the year and look forward to raising funds to further the charity’s aim of helping to improve the lives of local people facing hardship.”

With the team setting a fundraising target of £1,000 for the year, we look forward to hearing what the team is up to next.  Thanks so much for your support!

 

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Barn Dance Tickets available now!

Our friends and Proud Business Supporter Club Members Bawdon Lodge Farm are kindly hosting a fundraising barn dance on the evening of Saturday 6th July to help raise funds.

Start the summer with a fantastic night out with friends – a real barn dance in a real barn!  We’d love you to join us for this fun filled evening of live music, dancing and delicious food!

We are delighted to once again have the Bedcote Ceilidh Band and their fantastic caller Martin can show you the moves if you want to join in the dancing but are not sure of your Sicilian Circle from your Longways Set!

We had a fantastic time last year (most of our guests had never been to a barn dance before) and you can watch from the sidelines or take part in every song – it is totally up to you.

Bawdon Lodge Farm’s bar will be open throughout and #teambawdon will be looking after you with their range of local beers, soft drinks and Burleighs Gin (which is distilled on the farm).

Tickets are £20 (including food). You can find more information at www.bawdonlodgefarm.co.uk/barndance  or get in touch if you have any questions!

We really hop you can join us for a fantastic evening – your support will be helping to provide essential items for local people in need.

 

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Online Auction of Promises Launched!

Launching today and organsied as part of Colin Derrick’s fundraising for Charity Link during his year as President of the Leicester Rotary Club, you can now place bids for a range of amazing lots in an exciting online auction of promises.  Every penny raised goes to support our work and help local people in need – so why not take a look and consider treating yourself or someone you know!…

Items can be found at auctionofpromises.com ( just look for Colin’s 2019 Auction for Charity Link) and the auction runs until 14th June or click here for hte direct line to Colin’s page 

Good luck!….

 

The first item to get a mention, and a certain future collectors piece, is the Holton Professional (promise No.12)…A special watch, and rightly so, as it was designed and developed for the special forces. It even carries a Nato stock number. Time is also a feature of two other promises. There’s a week’s holiday, in Weybourne, on the North Norfolk coast (promise No 11), another promise that might tempt is also a week’s holiday, this time in a town house on the beautiful Wirral peninsula. (promise No2)

Closer to home, but also with a relaxing theme…What about a year’s family membership to Leicester’s own Botanic Gardens ? (Promise No.9) Then of course, there’s the opportunity to stretch the mind with a year’s membership of the Arts Society, and the treasures that unlocks. (promise No.6)

If you do have an interest in Art, then there’s a choice of original Artwork from Janet  Brunton, (promise No.5), or perhaps a print might tempt, with an offer of one of only two prints, of ’Tulips’, from renowned Botanic illustrator, Beryl Sharman. (promise No.10)

Perhaps you have a special occasion coming up? Then a cake from Emilia Forrester is for you…a choice, your own design, for that Birthday, Christening, or  Anniversary? (promise No.4) Of course, all that cake could lead to tooth decay, but don’t worry, there’s a lot for for you to bid for…from Smile Essential, a complete oral tooth-care package. (promise No.7)

If you’re a high flyer…then a flying lesson is a must. (promise No.3)

And finally…a chance to make the news!!! (Literally), as you join Maurice Flynn and Victoria Hicks in the BBC studios as they prepare, rehearse, and present the news…a unique opportunity. (promise No.1)

If all that’s too exciting, why not sit down with a cup of coffee…that’s of course when you’ve learnt how to roast, grind and serve it! (promise No.8)

 

 

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Easter office hours

The Charity Link office will be open as usual over Easter excluding Good Friday (19th April) and Bank Holiday Monday (22nd April) when the office is closed.

Happy Easter!

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New Proud Business Supporter Club Launched

On Thursday night, at the Leicester Mercury Business Awards, we were delighted to launch our new ‘Proud Business Supporter Club’.

Members of our Proud Business Supporter (PBS) Club are local businesses (of all sizes!) who are passionate about ensuring that all local people have the very basics in life that we all deserve, like adequate food and clothing, a warm safe place to sleep, and the means to provide a warm meal.

As Charity Link can turn every £10 donated into £50 worth of essential items, all Proud Business Supporter Club Members will be ensuring that thousands of pounds of essential items will be provided to the most vulnerable people each year.  Being part of Charity Link’s Proud Business Supporter Club is a simple way for businesses to make a huge impact in their local community.

As well as making a huge difference (the club is all about local businesses helping local people) there are many benefits for club members.

For further details visit www.charity-link.org/pbs

We’d love to hear from local businesses who are interested in learning more.

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Charity Link up for two East Midlands Charity Awards

We are delighted to have been announced as finalists in two categories of the East Midlands Charity Awards, taking place in Nottingham on 27th January.

Thanks to your amazing support and the fantastic things we achieve together, Charity Link is in the running for the Charity of the Year Award.

Sue McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising, is also a finalist in the Director of the Year category.

We’ll let you know how we get on in June!

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Impact Review 17 / 18

 Our latest Impact Review for the last financial year is now available. As you will read, it has been a busy year!

With no end to the freeze on working age benefits, many families are continuing to struggle to make ends meet. It is hard for many to imagine that families in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire are living right now without the very basics in life that we all deserve – such as adequate food, suitable clothing and the means to keep warm, clean and rested – but that is the shocking reality. Whilst there remains a huge demand for our services, the good news is that your support is continuing to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

Together, last year, we:

  • Raised £769,161 in charitable funds for local people in desperate need
  • Changed the lives of 5,214 local people, 38% of whom were deprived children and young people
  • Provided 4,117 items, including clothing, beds, cookers, washing machines and mobility equipment, along with supporting those in food and fuel poverty

Thank you for helping to change so many local lives.