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Treasure Hunt raises £2,300 for those in desperate need

Solicitors, accountants, tax advisers and web designers were among local business professionals who turned super sleuth to raise money for Leicester Charity Link.

Using their local knowledge, powers of observation and some lateral thinking the 19 teams competed in the Powrie Appleby Treasure Hunt held in aid of the charity.

The event, which cost £5 per person to enter, involved solving a series of intriguing clues and carrying out some rather unusual challenges while pounding the streets of Leicester.

Starting out from the Almanack pub in High Cross, the timed route took in a number of historic sites including the Town Hall, Guildhall, Cathedral, Leicester Market and High Street.

And as well as answering questions about the city’s rich heritage, competitors  also sought to outdo each other in quirkier tasks such as taking pictures of a dog with a pigeon on their mobile phones.

A team from New Walk law firm Harvey Ingram LLP emerged as the winner with Syston-based web designers Easytiger and Leicester solicitors Bray & Bray coming second. Easytiger’s team was awarded bonus points for choosing the option of wearing novelty headgear.

Leanne Hathaway, senior tax manager at Powrie Appleby and the event’s joint organiser, said the treasure hunt had really captured the imaginations of those taking part.

She added: “Many of us pass the places of interest highlighted on the  route map every day but rarely have time to stop and take notice. “A lot of our competitors said they found the event both fun and informative and thought it was a great way of helping a very worthwhile cause.”

Entrance fees and raffle money initially raised £460 for the charity but with every £10 donated attracting a further £50 from charitable trusts; the final total amounted to £2,300.

Susan McEniff, director of marketing and fundraising at Leicester Charity Link added: “This was a wonderful effort and we’d like to thank everyone who took part. We’re also grateful to The Case Wine Shop who donated the raffle prizes and Studio 68 for taking the photos for free.”

Leicester Charity Link helps tackle poverty in Leicester by providing local people who are in serious need with basic items such as a bed to sleep in and a cooker so they can make a hot meal.

Powrie Appleby based in New Street, Leicester is a regular supporter of its work and last year boosted the charity’s funds by holding a ‘Posh Pub Quiz’, also at The Alamanack.

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What children think and feel about growing up poor

“More than 3.5m children live below the poverty line in the UK, which has one of the worst child poverty rates in the industrialised world. Four youngsters explain what it is like growing up when a family has little money.

“You must be kind of bad to put people in houses like this,” says 10-year-old Paige” BBC article regarding the programme ‘Poor Kids‘ which will be featured on BBC 1 10.35pm 7th June. 

The article and programme fetaure Sam who is 11 and lives in Leicester.

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Local business woman Rachel Hargrave has launched a training mission to get ready to scale the world’s highest freestanding mountain in September in aid of Leicester Charity Link.

Rachel, managing director and founder of The Phoenix Partners, a marketing communications agency based in Sileby, will travel to Tanzania to carry out a twelve day climb and hopes to raise £1,500 for the charity.  The route will culminate in views from the Uhuru Peak which at 5895m is the highest point in Africa.

Rachel said: “Leicester Charity Link is one of the main charities we support as a business, primarily because it does such a fantastic job in making a real difference to people’s lives at a very grass roots level.  The challenge that I will face is no less than a lot of people face every day of their lives as a result of poverty, family break ups or loss. 

“My training involves running, cycling, swimming and light weights and began in earnest a couple of weeks ago when I promptly fell off my bike and damaged my knee!  But nothing is going to deter me from achieving this challenge which has been a lifetime goal of mine as well as helping a very worthwhile cause.”

The Lemosho route Rachel will be taking is one of the least trekked.  It approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and crosses the caldera of Shira Volcano before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest volcano.  

At Easter, Rachel is embarking on a training trek up Mount Toubkal in Morocco.  In 2007 Rachel trekked to Everest base camp and already has her sights on completing another of the world’s seven highest summits next year when she takes on Aconcagua in Argentina.

In 2010 Leicester Charity Link raised over £724,000, changing the lives of 5,495 people in desperate need throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. .  Items bought include beds, clothes, school uniforms and wheelchairs.  For every £10 donation the Charity raises £50 from charitable trusts.

Speaking on behalf of the charity Susan McEniff, director of marketing and fundraising, said: “We were thrilled when Rachel called to say she wanted to dedicate her walk to us.  Every penny will help us to reach local people and children in desperate need and make a real difference to their quality of life.”

To support Rachel in her Kilimanjaro quest please visit or for more information about Leicester Charity Link please call 0116 222 2200 or visit

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One in five children in Leicester are living in poverty

Save the Children issues new research which “reveals the number of children living in deepest poverty remains unacceptably high at 1.6 million.” 

Save the Children has provided a local authority breakdown of the figures, detailing the top ten authority areas with the highest levels of severe child poverty:

1   Manchester 27%
2   Tower Hamlets 27%
3   Newham 25%
4   Leicester 24%
5   Westminster 24%
6   Nottingham 23%
7   Liverpool 23%
8   Birmingham 23%
9   Blackpool 22%
10 Hackney 22%

Click here for the full report.