Charity Link asks you to ‘get funky’ on 25th June to help people in need due to COVID-19

Charity Link, which supports people in financial hardship throughout Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, is asking people to ‘get funky’ on Friday 25th June to help provide essential items to people in need due to COVID-19.

Pupils and staff at schools and colleges, colleagues in local businesses and individuals of all ages are being asked to dig out their favourite, brightest, most sparkly or sporting scarves and show them off on the charity’s annual Wear a Funky Scarf Day.  You can give a donation or organise extra fundraising activity and are also encouraged to  share photos and messages of support on social media on the day.

Charity Link Director, Susan McEniff, says: “Each year Wear a Funky Scarf Day raises vital funds to help improve the lives of those most in need in the communities in which we work.  This year, more than ever, we desperately need people to get involved to help meet the increase in need that COVID-19 has presented. Funds raised will help to provide food, clothing, beds, cookers and other essential items for those experiencing hardship, including many who have found themselves in unexpected financial need due to the pandemic.”

Charity Link works in a unique way which means that for every £10 donated it can untap £50 from charitable trusts.  This means that £25 raised by supporting Wear a Funky Scarf Day could actually help to provide  a bed for a child in need.

For more details on how you can get involved, visit www.charity-link.org/funkyscarfday or call 0116 222 2200.

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For details on the work of Charity Link, please contact: Rachel Markham – rmarkham@charity-link.org / 0116 222 2218

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.

Charity Link has been a vital part of the community support effort during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the year since the outbreak provided support to over 6,600 people, a third of which were children having seen a 30% increase in requests for help.

Further information on the charity can be found by visiting www.charity-link.org or by calling 0116 222 2200. On Twitter @charitylink Facebook /charitylink Instagram: charity-link-official