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Charity Link on Central News

Look out for our Director Susan McEniff on Central News this evening talking about the ending of the Universal Credit bonus payment which was withdrawn by the Government today.

Like most, Charity Link believes that this vital payment should be reinstated to ensure that people on low incomes are warm, safe and fed.

Susan says: “Given that Universal claimants have doubled in Leicester from 20,000 in March 2020 to 45,000 in June 2021 – this is going to have a devastating impact on local people. Losing £80 a month will mean that people will simply go without the very basic of essential items – making extremely difficult decisions of either putting the heating on, feeding your family or buying warm winter clothes. Something that we see everyday here at Charity Link.

This support needs to be reinstated ASAP and made permanent so that the most vulnerable in our society are protected and supported.”

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Record breaking Leicestershire 3 Peaks

A week on from the Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge 2021, we are delighted to announce that over £10,000 has been raised so far!

120 walkers took part on Sunday 26th September, made up of teams from Leicestershire businesses, groups of friends and family and individual supporters, Challengers were tasked with raising sponsorship for walking round the 16 mile route, which starts and ends in the beautiful grounds of Bawdon Lodge Farm in Nanpantan, who are also one of Charity Link’s Proud Business Supporter Club members. The peaks included in the walk are Bardon Hill, Old John Tower in Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill.

The annual event, launched in 2016, helps to raise funds to provide essential items for people in financial hardship throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. It was unable to go ahead as normal in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Challengers for the 2021 event ranged in age from 12 years to over 70. Three colleagues from Aggregate Industries were the first home, completing the route in under five hours. Just pipped to finishing post were ‘One Tentacle Loose’, a team of five colleagues from Octopus Energy who won the Team Competition cup for the quickest team of 4-6 team members home.

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Aggregates supports #leics3peaks

We are delighted that Aggregate Industries will be supporting this years Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge.

Along with entering a large team into the event itself and supplying the bags for our our event goodie-bags, the company will also have a team of volunteers ready to cheer on our Challengers (and providing what we are sure will be some much appreciated refreshments!) just after we’ve come down off our first peak at Bardon Hill.

Huge thanks for the support!

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New members welcomed to PBS Club

All our Proud Business Supporters make a massive difference in their local community.

We are delighted to have recently welcomed two new Gold members to our PBS Club.

Mortgage Advice Bureau Hinckley based on Castle Street in Hinckley, provide Mortgage and Protection Advice throughout the UK and advise on Mortgages, Remortgages, or Equity Release. Steven Tempest (who is also trekking in the Sahara Desert for us next March!) says: “We’re a close, friendly team and we are delighted to support Charity Link”.

Leicestershire-based company Homebrook was established in 2006 and provides complete commercial refurbishment services for offices, business centres and flexible working spaces. Jane Walker, Director at Homebrook said on joining the Club: “We are proud to be able to support a worthwhile local charity and to give something back to our local community.”

We have also welcomed Kangaroo UK  as a Silver Club Member.

As our Club continues to develop, we are now offering a Bronze level membership to help businesses of all sizes change local lives.

We are delighted to welcome Cognates and Total Industrial Engraving to the Proud Business Supporter Club as our first bronzes members.

Gold members offer a £100 monthly donation, Silver members offer £50 and Bronze members offer £20. Due to our unique way of working, every £10 helps to buy £50 of essential items so all members make a massive difference. Along with making such a difference, Club members also benefit from a range of promotional opportunities and events. For details of the club, visit www.charity-link.org/pbs or email rachel.markham@charity-link.org

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Everards Community Excellence Fund Grant

We are delighted to have been awarded funding through the Everards Community Excellence Fund supported by The Everard Family Foundation & Carling.

The grant will be in support of The There With You Fund and will enable us to provide essential items to people in Leicestershire directly impacted by the pandemic, including:

8 beds,

8 cookers,

8 fridge-freezers

household vouchers..

… to change the lives of a minimum of 30 individuals / families in real hardship over the next few weeks.

On behalf of the many clients the funding will support, huge thanks to the Fund!

@everards1849 @carling @sembleUk

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New note cards – out now!

We are excited to launch two fabulous new Note Card ranges – thanks to our Proud Business Supporter Matt Glover Photography , who has kindly allowed us to use his stunning nature shots and also Full Square who have assisted with printing. We have: The Pink Pack &The Blue Pack!

Each pack features five cards of two designs (10 cards per pack, with Kraft envelopes provided) and cost £5. Blank inside for your message, the cards are a lovely way to keep in touch or mark a milestone – knowing that at least 50% of the proceeds will be helping to provide essential items to people in need.

Available now on our website* at www.charity-link.org/shop and soon at the Lifestyle Barn at @BawdonLodgeFarm .*plus p&p

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New child poverty report

New research from the End Child Poverty Coalition – conducted over the past five years – shows that even pre the COVID-19 pandemic, child poverty has been rising – with over half a million more UK children living in poverty than five years previously.

The research shows that children know what poverty means; the feeling of embarrassment, the assumptions that they won’t achieve anything, and the anxiety and uncertainty that impacts your mental health.

It also shows that three-quarters of children in poverty are from families where at least one parent is in work.

The report shows that:

* In the year 19/20 in the East Midlands, 27% of children were living in poverty.

*In the list of the 20 local authorities with highest increase in child poverty rates after housing costs, 2014/15 to 2019/20 Leicester had risen from 30% to 37.7% .

The Coalition is calling on the Government for a comprehensive plan to tackle child poverty, including an increase in children’s benefits and to stop the £20 cut to family income that is due in October 2021. The report also highlights that the impact of the pandemic is not yet known. With our 140+ years of experience supporting those in need, we know that the hardship that COVID-19 has caused will continue for a considerable time to come. Even when the economy starts to recover, it will take a considerable period before those benefits filter down to those most in need.

Thank you once again for your continued support, which is helping to ensure a decent quality of life for more vulnerable local families in the communities in which we work. Read the full report here: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/#childpoverty#endchildpoverty#childpovertyfigures