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Want to watch the Charity Link Christmas Panto?…  Oh yes you do!

On Thursday 12th December The Little Theatre in Leicester city centre will be opening the doors for its Christmas Panto, Robin Hood, for friends and supporters of Charity Link.  All proceeds from the performance will help to ensure that local people are warm, safe and fed so please do show your support and join us for a great night!

Who will join Robin’s band to stop the evil witch of Sherwood Forest?!

The show will include all the traditional panto pandemonium (including fresh cream cakes!) so get your tickets now before they sell out – all tickets cost just £10* and are available now via our website.

Tickets available now – click here for more information 

 

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Teams wanted for new Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge Corporate Team Competition!

Pitch your team against other businesses in the region to see who will come out as the 2019 Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Corporate Team Competition Champions!

Who will be the first company to receive Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge Corporate Team Cup!

We are now looking for teams of between 4 – 6 team members to be part of the new Corporate Team Competition – a new element of our popular Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge, a 16 mile walking (or running!) event around the beautiful Charnwood countryside.

It costs just £40 to enter a team and  a £400 fundraising target which, due to Charity Link’s unique way of working, would help to provided £2,000 worth of essential items for local people in need.  So by getting involved, you would be making a massive difference!

We’ll provide certificates to all Corporate Teams taking part to proudly display your efforts.  And of course, if you are the winning team, you will also have the Corporate Team Cup to show off too!

However, if you want to take part and do so in at a more leisurely pace, we’d still love you to join us and each team member will get a challenge medal, certificate and goodie bag at the end. You’ll be in good company!

Click here for full details of the Charity Link Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge Corporate Team Competition! 

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Supporter treks the Great Wall of China

Have you every fancied doing something amazing for charity – ticking a long-held ambition off your bucket list whilst helping to transform the lives of local people in need?!

What about the unique experience of trekking along the Great Wall of China?

We are delighted that Koreen Hubbard from K2 Media Services Ltd in Leicester has decided to trek along the Great Wall of China to help raise funds for Charity Link.   Koreen will be taking part in the trek in September. You can find out more about her trek and also support her efforts via her online sponsorship page at here .

Earlier this year, another fantastic supporter, Aime Armstrong, took on this challenge to help raise funds.  Aime gave us this overview of her experience and why she decided to take part in the first place:

“I first learnt about Charity Link when I joined the Leicester Business Network (where half of the membership fee is given as a donation).  Now I’m no lithe athlete, but I’m up for a challenge, so when the fabulous Dee Beckett (an amazing business coach) suggested that I join a group of ladies doing Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge I had said yes before my brain had kicked in. Little did I to know that signing up would lead me to fly half way across the world.  The 3 peaks was an amazing day, as a group we raised a whopping £3,700 and it reminded me that I was capable of more than I gave myself credit for. Not only had I walked further than I ever had before, I had enjoyed every minute, met some wonderful people, raised some money and even become a cover girl (Charity Link featured my beaming face on the front of one of their magazines!!!!).  So one crazy morning I decided to sign up to do a 5 day trek along the Great Wall of China.

I had always wanted to go to China, and although the thought of such a physical challenge in such an exotic location was daunting, I was determined to give it a go.  I started training and before I knew it the day had arrived and I was boarding the plane with 23 other intrepid women.  The trip was organised by a company called Dream Challenges, and it was a women only group, so there were lots of solo travellers.  I thought I would be on my own, but when I told my Mum I was going to China, despite being 69, her response was “Can I come?”.

After an 11 hour flight mum and me tumbled sleepily into the heat of Beijing.  China wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, it was both more familiar, and yet more different than I imagined.  People were friendly and curious, keen to take our photos. The walks themselves were more challenging than I could possibly have imagined.  Over 5 days the group walked around 50 miles, and climbed around 634 flights of stairs (that is the equivalent of climbing up the Shard twice a day, and then climbing back down again twice a day).  It was worth it for the panoramic views from the wall though, and the sense of enormous peace.  We often didn’t see anyone outside of the group for hours, and there was no noise, no modern world, just beautiful sunshine.  After our walk we got to spend a day in Beijing visiting the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, learning about the silk trade and eating Peking Duck like the locals.  My adventure to China will be one of the highpoints of my life, I achieved so much more than I thought I was capable of, laughed, drank, danced and made friends for life.  Oh and I raised some money too…!

If you are thinking about doing something similar, seize the day, if someone like me can do a challenge like this, so can you!”

Thanks so much to Aime and good luck to Koreen.  And, if you may be  interested in taking part in a Great Wall of China Trek, or a host of other organised overseas challenges to raise funds for Charity Link, please email rachel.markham@charity-link.org or click here to read more about some of the challenges available  

Photo – Aime on her Great Wall of China Trek.

 

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Join us for an evening at The Spanish Bay Golf Course* to help ensure local people are warm, safe and fed!

We are looking for more teams of four players to join us for a fantastic evening of golf on Thursday 26th September (6pm – 9pm), taking on 9 holes of the world famous Spanish Bay Golf Course – all to help local people in need.

Taking place at the new Leicester Golf Centre (based at the Racecourse in Oadby, Leicester), teams will enjoy using Toptracer Range technology for a fun, engaging golf experience –whether you are a keen golfer or fancy trying something new.

You will take on 9 holes of this course with each bay on the driving range (for 4 players) fitted with a 21inch touch screen monitor to capture all shots that are hit and providing you with accurate ball flight data and instant tracking statistics.

To go with the Spanish theme of the night, players will also enjoy a bottle of San Miguel (or non-alcoholic drink) and nachos.

Take on other teams to see who will be crowned event champions, all whilst supporting local people in need, without the need to take a day out of the office. So why not join us for this charity golf event with a difference?

£100 per team (or £25 a player) – with everyone taking part helping to ensure that all local people are warm, safe and fed.

Contact Rachel Markham (email: rachel.markham@charity-link.org or call 0116 222 2218 ) to register your team.

*Sort of!

 

 

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Join us at the Octopus Energy Business Solutions event on Weds

Our Proud Business Supporter Club Member Octopus Energy Business Solutions* are hosting a Breakfast networking event this Wednesday (31st July) at the lovely venue of the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester city centre.
 
If you may be interested in attending to network with other local businesses and to find out more about Octopus’s work in Leicester, you can reserve your free place here . We’ll be there along with our new Social Enterprise, The Goods Depot.
There will be a showcase of some of Octopus’s favourite local businesses throughout the day at the centre with play scheme sessions for kids.
 
There is also a film screening – An Inconvenient Sequel – run by the IES from 6.30pm – 8.20pm before a panel discussion. 
 
*Octopus Business Energy give a £25 donation for every business that signs up to its Leicester Business Tariff.
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Young people who are worried about the costs of going to college or university in September can apply to a local charity for help. 

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation  – which Charity Link’s Trust Administration Service supports – offers grants for education and training costs to people aged up to 25 who live in Leicester or Leicestershire, and who need financial help to meet the costs of their course.

Henna, who is studying medicine, said: “I was unable to pay my tuition fees as I had no help from student finance or from my mother who is a single parent, and struggling to afford the travel costs incurred by my course.  Without the help from Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation, I would have seriously struggled to fund this year of my education, and may have even needed to drop out entirely.”

Katie Scranage, the Clerk to the Foundation, said, “Our Trustees want to ensure that young people from less well-off families have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.  Whatever type of course you are doing, you can apply to the Foundation for help with any relevant costs such as course fees, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and equipment.”

For further information please visit the Foundation’s website:  www.anef.org.uk

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Better IT joins Proud Business Supporter Club

We are delighted to have welcomed Better IT to our Proud Business Supporter Club.

Better IT have supported Charity Link for a a number of years with ad-hoc support, including sponsorship of elements of previous golf days, and we are thrilled to now welcome Dave Nicholls who runs Better IT (which provides market-leading solutions for every aspect of IT management) to the PBS Club.

Dave says: “Better-IT are delighted to further support the great work Charity Link do for local people. When life gives you a kick, it’s good to know they are there, helping and supporting those in their time of need.”

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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.

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!”